German club Mainz ready to ditch Gonzalo Jara after ‘theatrics’ at Copa America

Mainz are ready to offload Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by prodding his finger in the rear an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.

Uruguay's forward Edinson Cavani, right, argues with Chilean players after he got a second yellow card and then a red one during their 2015 Copa America football championship quarterfinal match, in Santiago, on June 24, 2015. A broadcast footage shows Chilean player Gonzalo Jara attempting to provoke the star. Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez said Cavani had been the victim of provocation by Jara which should have been spotted by the match officials. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BERNETTI
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BERLIN // German club Mainz are ready to offload Gonzalo Jara after the Chile international whipped up a storm at the Copa America by prodding his finger in the rear an opponent before falling to the floor theatrically when the player retaliated.

Television images showed the 29-year-old defender, who has a contract until 2016, poking Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani during Chile’s 1-0 victory at Santiago on Wednesday.

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Cavani reacted by pushing Jara away with the back of his hand, but the Chilean fell to the ground as if he had been punched. The Brazilian referee showed Cavani his second yellow card of the game and sent him off.

“He knows that if an offer comes, he can go,” Mainz sports director Christian Heidel told Germany’s Bild newspaper yesterday.

“We do not tolerate that.

“More than the prod, however, it is what comes afterwards that makes me angry.

“I hate theatrics more than anything.”

Images of the incident were all over social media and it was the main talking point from the match, which sent Chile into the last four of the competition for the first time in 16 years.

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