Chile's World Cup qualifying campaign has been hit by a second disciplinary
scandal in seven months as they prepare to face Venezuela away
Coach Claudio Borghi's Chile team will be bidding to go top
of the South American group at the Anzoategui stadium in Puerto
La Cruz on Sunday.
Borghi dropped midfielder Gary Medel and striker Eduardo
Vargas from his squad after they were spotted by a television
crew leaving a nightclub at 4am on Wednesday.
He told a news conference on Wednesday night he had dropped
Medel as the Sevilla player had only just recovered from a back
injury and would be short of rest while Vargas had not returned
home as agreed from a Tuesday commitment.
"Medel is in good condition but we think it risky [to play
him] as he's not had the necessary rest," the Argentine said.
He said Napoli's Vargas had broken his promise to go home
after a farewell for a leading player at his former club
Universidad de Chile.
"Five [players] did so and one didn't, the one who didn't
broke his word with me," said Borghi.
"I want to make it clear that both players were on a day off
but with both we had a spoken agreement. It annoys me to have to
face so many cameras for non-footballing occurrences that have
Borghi said, though, that the players would be considered
for the next qualifiers in September.
Last November, Chile suspended five players for breaking a
curfew during preparations for a match in Uruguay. Four remain
banned while midfielder Arturo Vargas has been pardoned and is
back in the side, scoring in the 2-0 away win over Bolivia last
A victory in Venezuela would put Chile, world-ranked 11th,
top of the nine-team standings. Argentina, who lead by one
point, have a bye this weekend when they will play a friendly
against 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil in New Jersey.
Venezuela are third equal, two points behind Argentina, with
Uruguay after a 1-1 draw with the Copa America holders 1-1 in
Montevideo last Saturday.
Uruguay, ranked second, are expected to field young
Sebastian Coates in defence for captain Diego Lugano who is
suspended for the home match against Peru at the Centenario on
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