Tuesday, 20 December 2011 20:49
Regardless of the ban, Chile’s coach closes the door for Valdivia and Beausejour.
Chile’s National Soccer Federation (ANFP) suspended five players late Monday from the team’s next 10 games as punishment for disciplinary issues in early November, following an initial two-game suspension from coach Claudio Borghi.Chile’s national team lost to Uruguay after the players were first suspended. Photo courtesy of Comunicaciones ANFP.
Despite issuing a 10-game ban, all five players can appeal the decision after serving half of the suspension, including two games missed in November. If the ANFP absolves the players of their remaining suspension, they would be set to play in the next World Cup qualifying matches against Bolivia and Venezuela scheduled for July 2012.
Yet Coach Borghi has already singled out two of the players, Jorge Valdivia and Jean Beausejour, saying that they will not be allowed back on the team, even after serving the suspension and monetary fines.
“Beyond their lack of discipline, what hurt us most was that they later criticized us as the coaching staff,” a source close to Borghi told La Tercera.
Players Jorge Valdivia, Arturo Vidal, Jean Beausejour, Gonzalo Jara and Carlos Carmona arrived late and “not in a suitable state” to the training facility on Nov. 8
, just days before a World Cup qualifying match against Uruguay.
Head coach Claudio Borghi suspended the players from the following two games -- both World Cup qualifiers -- and reportedly said, “As long as I am here, you will not return to the national team.”
After Borghi held a press conference expressing his disappointment, four of the suspended players answered with a press conference
of their own, accusing the coach of lying and saying “we’re not going to accept Borghi’s declarations.”
The coach then filed a report
to the ANFP to allow the federation to make the final decision on possible sanctions.
Not long thereafter, however, apologies began emerging
. Vidal, who had returned to his club team in Italy and didn’t participate in the press conference, was first to apologize. In a video he said he took full responsibility for his actions and said how he was willing to accept whatever sanction that was given to him by the ANFP. Apologies from Carmona and Jara followed.
But Valdivia and Beausejour criticized Borghi’s reaction to the episode and said they were going to appeal the ANFP’s ruling.
By Juan Francisco Veloso Olguin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Copyright 2011 – The Santiago Times