Arturo Vidal admitted Monday, after the 1-1 draw against Uruguay, to have made “a mistake”, not for his goal against his camp, but for having called a hairdresser, in contradiction with the protocol anti-Covid Copa America. “In Chile we are used to, we are always looking for things where there are none, assured Vidal. We know we made a mistake with this hairdressing story, but we had no intention of doing anything wrong. ”Thursday, on the eve of the match against Bolivia (1-0), Vidal and Defender Gary Medel had posted photos on social media showing them having their hair cut by a local hairdresser, apparently on the premises of the hotel where La Roja is staying. This stylist, Luis Fernando Gonçalves, broadcast the scene live on his Instagram account. Live video and photos showed Vidal, Medel and three other players (Eduardo Vargas, Guillermo Maripán y Pablo Galdames) getting their hair cut.

The Chilean Federation had recognized Sunday the violation of the health bubble and announced that those involved would be “financially sanctioned”. Vidal contracted Covid-19 earlier this month. The health secretariat of Santiago de Chile had opened an investigation against the Inter Milan midfielder for having already violated special health rules for athletes and to determine the circumstances in which he was infected.