Chile stars to be fined after breaking protocol by inviting barber to team hotel

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The Chilean squad has broken the Covid-19 bubble – at the 2021 Copa America – after players invited a '"barber" into their hotel in Cuiaba, Brazil.

The Copa America has walked from one crisis to another after the tournament was moved to Brazil.

Argentina and Paraguay were deemed unsuitable to host – just two weeks before the cup was due to start.

Four of the ten teams – Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Venezuela – have had players or officials self-isolate due to positive tests.

And, now, the Chilean FA have confirmed the unspecified players who have broken the Copa America Covid-19 bubble will receive a fine.

The Chilean FA released a statement, and it said: "[We] recognises the violation of the health bubble of the squad participating at Copa America, with the unauthorised entry of a barber who, despite his negative PCR test, should not have made contact with the players.

"We regret what brought us to this situation and we inform you that all members of the squad tested negative for the virus on Saturday."

Whilst former Manchester City keeper, Claudio Bravo remarked: "We are in a situation in which the pandemic makes it very clear.

"If you fail in these things you put lives at risk, we are playing with that thing that is the most important we have."

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"It was an error, a temerity, but that is over now," Chilean coach Martin Lasarte told a press conference.

However, he echoed all players remain available for their clash with Uruguay.

Chile made British headlines last week after, Stoke-born, Blackburn Rovers striker Ben Brereton fired them ahead against Bolivia.

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