Manchester City striker, Gabriel Jesus has been given a two-month international ban by CONMEBOL for his awkward reaction during the Copa America final against Peru. The Brazilian star found the back of the net and also set up another before being sent off in Brazil’s 3-1 win over Peru at the Maracana stadium on July 7 – which was the ninth time the Selecao had won South America’s championships.
The Manchester City striker argued with Chilean referee Roberto Tobar after getting a second yellow card for barging into Carlos Zambrano before pushing the VAR monitor and weeping in the tunnel.
CONMEBOL announced a two-month ban for Jesus on Wednesday, in an official statement saying: “The player is suspended to play official and friendly matches with his national team in that period of time.”
They decided that Jesus broke Articles 7.1 and 7.2 of the Disciplinary Rules for: “behaving in an offensive, insulting or defamatory manner of any kind.”
Jesus was also fined $30,000(₦11 million) and is set to miss friendlies against Colombia and Peru in September but has seven days to appeal the sanctions. The news comes as good news in disguise for Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who now won’t have to send his player on international duty during the next window.
The Brazil international has often been injured during his time at City, including a metatarsal fracture that kept him out for 13 games in 2017 and a knee issue which saw him miss 12 games in 2018. Guardiola will likely be happy for the rest Jesus receives instead of having to fly to South America as City only possess only one other natural striker in the squad, in Sergio Aguero.
The defending champions will begin their Premier League season on Saturday with an away trip to London club West Ham, before matches against Tottenham, Bournemouth, and Brighton before the September window.
In the other news, Copa America champions Brazil were fined $15,000 and warned for the behaviour of their fans at the tournament they hosted. It has been a busy period post-Copa America for CONMEBOL, with Argentina star Lionel Messi and Chile’s Gary Medel also receiving bans and fines. Messi was given a three-match suspension after suggesting in comments their was ‘corruption’ at Copa America .
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