Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal was arrested for drunk-driving. The footballer had to be taken to the hospital with minor injuries on Tuesday. Chilean state television showed Vidal’s red Ferrari was badly damaged and reported that the player had crashed his car south of capital Santiago. The 28-year-old was later slapped with a driving ban by a Chilean judge.
Police said the Juventus star was arrested for drunk driving after the crash but the injury he sustained was minor.
“Because he was driving under the influence of alcohol…(Vidal) is being held,” said local Police chief Ricardo Gonzalez.
Vidal, who scored a brace in Chile’s 3-3 stalemate against Mexico in a group A encounter of Copa America on Monday, was enjoying a rest day like the rest of the Chilean squad following afternoon.
“Unfortunately I found myself involved in a traffic accident,” he tweeted. “Luckily we are all well and quiet . Thanks x worry!”
Vidal is the leading scorer of the tournament until now with 3 goals. He also netted from the spot during Chile’s 2-0 victory against Ecuador in the tournament opener. The host will now meet Bolivia in their final game of the group on Friday.
Vidal was handed a 100,000 Euro fine by his current club Juventus for getting involved in a brawl outside a night-club of Turin earlier this season. He was once expelled from Chile’s training camp for arriving late in 2011.
Host Chile are bidding for their maiden Copa title as the star Juventus midfielder is expected to lead them. The Superstar hasn’t returned at the team hotel yet. Coach Jorge Sampaoli clarified that the 28-year-old will remain with the Chilean squad. Vidal is now expected to feature against Bolivia on Friday.
An emotional Vidal apologized to the entire nation for the incident. He was seen weeping at the press conference after the hearing, as thousand of fans lined outside the court in support of the La Roja’s greatest star.
“I was at the casino, I had two drinks and then put at risk the lives of my wife and others,” said Vidal.
“I apologise to my team-mates, the staff, the people and to all of Chile. The accident was my fault. It was all my fault. I let everyone down. I will give my all to win the Copa America.”