Manchester City star Gabriel Jesus handed TWO-MONTH Brazil ban after PUNCHING dugout and attacking VAR equipment in Copa America final
- Jesus erupted after being sent off for two bookable offences at the Maracana
- The striker protested to the ref, punched the dugout and pushed VAR equipment
- He had earlier scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-1 victory over Peru
Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has been banned from international football for two months by CONMEBOL over his conduct in the Copa America final.
Jesus scored Brazil’s second goal in a 3-1 victory over Peru at the Maracana last month but was later sent off for a second bookable offence.
Having received his marching orders, the forward remonstrated with Chilean referee Roberto Tobar before punching a dugout, pushing pitchside VAR equipment and retreating to the tunnel in tears.
Jesus was sent off for a second bookable offence in the second half of the Copa America final
He reacted by protesting to the referee and then kicking a water bottle in frustration
He continued to vent his anger by punching the side of the dugout on his way off the pitch
His final act before heading to the dressing room was to push over the pitchside VAR equipment
The suspension rules Jesus, who has also been fined £24,700, out of Brazil’s friendly clashes with Colombia and Peru in September, though he has a week to lodge an appeal against the ruling.
For Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, the 22-year-old’s bad news may well come as a boost as his side bid to make a flying start to their season.
The games against Colombia and Peru on September 7 and 11 would have seen Jesus fly several thousand miles and meant he would almost certainly have missed City’s trip to Norwich on September 14.
Jesus eventually burst into tears as he came to terms with his red card in the tunnel
The Brazilian bounced back by scoring the winning penalty in City’s Community Shield win
The 22-year-old started his season with a bang by scoring the winning penalty in last Sunday’s Community Shield victory over Liverpool at Wembley.
Jesus endured a frustrating season last term as he struggled to nail down a regular first team place, but he still managed to score 29 goals in 60 appearances for club and country, 19 of them for City.