Cavani was sent off midway through the second half after receiving a second yellow card for lashing out at Chile defender Gonzalo Jara, who appeared to insert a finger in an unwelcome part of Cavani.
The PSG striker appeared to have been provoked by Jara as he snapped at his opponent’s physical approach. He had been booked earlier in the match for dissent after conceding a foul against Arturo Vidal.
Tabarez believes the match officials should have noticed the provocation Cavani received from his opponent.??
“For the expulsion of Cavani, you can see what happened and what the challenge was. I refer you to the television and photos of it, it is all there,” said Tabarez.
“I can see that the referee has not seen it, but the linesman had to be able to see it from his position.””
It has been a difficult tournament for Cavani and this week he suffered a personal setback as his father was involved in a fatal road accident on Monday night and remains in police custody. His early booking??
was a sign of things to come but his manager did not heed the warning signs.
In the build-up to the Copa America quarter-final clash Tabarez offered Cavani his backing: ???I am confident he will put the pieces in their place so he can focus on the game.??? The 28-year-old appeared to be distracted
throughout the match and his red card proved to be pivotal with the match finely poised at 0-0 when he was given his marking orders.
“We had the game under control but when we were left with 10 men it became a little more difficult because it limited our opportunities to attack,” said Tabarez.
Uruguay’s downfall was complete when Jorge Fucile was sent off late in the game for a rugged challenge on Alexis Sanchez.
That sparked a confrontation between players and officials from both sides including Tabarez.
Sanchez revealed an unidentified player apologised for Uruguay’s reaction towards the hosts at the end of the match as tempers were flared.treatment
“They like to fight, argue, go forward all out; one player told me in the first half ‘Move you wimp’- but then later he said to me: ‘I am sorry’,” Sanchez said, without identifying the opponent in question.
Jara has a history of controversy with Uruguay after clashing with Luis Suarez resulting in the Uruguyuan striking him across the face in 2013.