Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, who scored twice in Monday’s 3–3 draw with Mexico, spent his Copa America night off in a hospital with minor injuries after crashing his red Ferrari and getting arrested on drunk driving charges. This was a tremendous disappointment to the tournament’s host nation, especially since Vidal OWNS A LIMOUSINE SERVICE.
On Wednesday, once he had time to sober up, Vidal held a press conference where he tearfully apologized to his country. From Eurosport:
“I was at the casino, I had two drinks [Ed. note: it’s always two, isn’t it?] 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.”
It is alleged Vidal told the officer who arrested him: “you can handcuff me, but you’re f****** up the whole of Chile”.
Vidal appeared before a judge earlier in the day, where he received a driving ban. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli said he will not punish Vidal because, “He is a very valuable player who has made a mistake, but not the kind of mistake to exclude him. He was in his free time after all. I don’t believe this is as serious as some have tried to portray it.”