Chile players fined for bringing barber inside bubble


The Chilean Football Federation (FFC) have announced that a number of Chile’s players will be fined after inviting a barber into their Copa America bubble, thereby breaking the strict protocols designed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The FFC said no players or officials tested positive for Covid-19 after the incident but acknowledged the error and apologised in a short statement.

The federation said it “recognizes the violation of the health bubble of the squad participating at Copa America, with the unauthorized entry of a barber who, despite his negative PCR test, should not have made contact with the players.”

The FFC did not give the number or names of the players involved, but said they will be fined.

“We regret what brought us to this situation and we inform that all members of the squad tested negative for the virus on Saturday,” the federation said.

Chile coach Martin Lasarte said in a news conference that his players made “a serious mistake.”

“It was an error, a temerity, but that is over now,” Lasarte said, adding all players remain eligible for Chile’s next match against Uruguay. He did not say when the barber visited Chile’s team hotel.

The news came at the end of the first week of a Copa America that has been beset by covid-19-related incidents.

Four of the 10 teams — Bolivia, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela — have seen players or officials self-isolating due to positive tests.

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By FARPost Reporter

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