Edinson Cavani and fellow Uruguay stars could face ‘6-month BAN’ from Fifa over behaviour following World Cup exit

    URUGUAY stars are reportedly facing a six-month ban from Fifa for their behaviour following their exit from the World Cup.

    The South American team was knocked out of the tournament without even making it past the group stage.

    Uruguay players could be banned for their behaviour after being knocked out of the World Cup

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    Uruguay players could be banned for their behaviour after being knocked out of the World CupCredit: EPA
    Edinson Cavani knocked over a VAR monitor during the protests

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    Edinson Cavani knocked over a VAR monitor during the protestsCredit: Not known, clear with picture desk

    Uruguay beat Ghana 2-0 in their final match, but it was not enough to qualify for the knockout stages as South Korea beat Portugal to claim the second qualifying spot on goals scored.

    And many of the team’s players did not take their exit well, with Jose Gimenez and Edinson Cavani the most vocal with their heavy complaints to the officials.

    Former Manchester United striker Cavani was even spotted knocking over the VAR monitor in his protest over the outcome.

    Goalkeeper Fernando Muslera and defender Deigo Godin were also heavily involved.

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    The footballers could now be sanctioned for breaking articles 11 and 12, for which the punishment could be “the prohibition of carrying out activities related to football for at least six months”, according to AS.

    Article 12 relates to the “Improper conduct of players and officials”.

    Uruguayan newspaper El País has said that Fifa has up to January 9 to present the allegations.

    The penalty that could be imposed on the players would range from between ten to 15 games.

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    Cavani and Gimenez’s clubs, Valencia and Atletico Madrid, are confident that their players would still be able to play as the punishment would “only the matches actually played by the corresponding team will be computed for the purposes of executing the suspension”.

    This means that they would potentially be banned from playing for Uruguay.

    However, if Fifa judges their behaviour to be public incitement to “hate or violence”, then they could be sanctioned with a ban on football-related activities for at least six months.

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