Copa America 2015: Gonzalo Jara's poke in backside earns him ban

    (CNN)Chile's hopes of making the Copa America final on home soil were dealt a blow after key defender Gonzalo Jara was suspended for three matches and handed a $7,500 fine by South America's football confederation for poking his finger into Edison Cavani's backside.

    "We regret this sanction but we will accept it," the Chilean Football Federation (ANFP) said in a statement on its website after Jara was ruled out of Chile's semifinal with Peru as well as the final if the hosts win Monday's game.
    CONMEBOL opened disciplinary proceedings against Jara on Saturday, saying it was obliged to do so after receiving a formal complaint about the player's conduct by Uruguayan officials.
      Cavani was given a second yellow card for retaliating by slapping Jara in the face, while the Chilean went unpunished as the poking incident was missed by the match officials last week.
        Jara has been one of Chile's top performers at the tournament, forming a solid partnership in the heart of defence with Inter Milan's Gary Medel and his suspension means one of either Francisco Silva, Miiko Albornoz or Jose Rojas will come in.
        While accepting Jara's punishment, the ANFP wants similar punishments handed out to Uruguay players for their behavior during the game.
        "We're confident that the appointed disciplinary authority of the governing body of South American football will also apply the same rigor to the players of the Uruguay national team that were opportunely reported to have assaulted the assistant referee of the Chile-Uruguay match, Chilean players, disrespected the officials and the assistant to the stadium audience."
        The ANFP named seven Uruguayan players -- Cavani, Diego Godin, Fernando Muslera, José Giménez, Jorge Fucile, Alvaro Gonzalez and Christian Stuani -- in its submission to CONMEBOL.
        "The charges against them are the attacks and insults evident in Wednesday's game between Chile and Uruguay in the Copa America 2015, against the refereeing body and Chilean players, as well as provoking the audience at the National Stadium."
        Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli has criticized Jara's suspension, arguing it had set a dangerous precedent.
        "If you start acting on allegations outside of the referees report, things are going to get very complicated," Sampaoli said.
        "If people start getting suspended on the basis of allegations from one side, then everyone will start trying to do it," he added.
        The ban has since been reduced from three games to two and Jara's fine now stands at $5,000 instead of $7,500 after the ANFP appealed the decision t