Alexis Sanchez is ‘mentally weak’, blasts Uruguay’s Jorge Fucile after Copa America
- Jorge Fucile was sent off for tackle on Alexis Sanchez during quarter-final
- Chile beat Uruguay 1-0 before going on to win the Copa America
- Fucile believes Arsenal forward Sanchez is ‘mentally weak’
Uruguay defender Jorge Fucile has launched a scathing attack on Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez over his conduct at the Copa America.
Fucile accused the Chilean of being ‘mentally weak’ after the two sides met in the quarter-final of the competition.
The 30-year-old defender was dismissed for a second bookable offence after fouling Sanchez late on in Chile’s 1-0 victory, before the hosts went on to beat Argentina in the final and lift the trophy.
Jorge Fucile was sent off during the Copa America quarter-final after fouling Alexis Sanchez (right)
The Uruguay defender was dismissed as Chile won 1-0 before going on to win the tournament
Fucile said: ‘I touched the ball first, any other forward would have jumped in that moment. It seems that this guy is mentally weak.
‘I was running and I couldn’t stop myself, so I kicked him. When the match was 0-0, this guy was missing in action.
‘We talked during the match, but what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch. I don’t know what you call this kind of person. I can only say that his legs were shaking.
‘The worst part was in a moment when he was near my sector and he said: “Mr. Ref, he’s kicking me, he’s kicking me”. The official responded him: “You are doing your work, they’re doing theirs.”‘
Sanchez scoring the winning penalty in the final shootout as Chile beat Argentina
Sanchez (centre) lifting the trophy after Chile secured a famous victory on home turf