Chile players sent home after women found in rooms

May 27, 2006

SANTIAGO, Chile, May 27 (Reuters) - Two key members of Chile's national squad have been sent home from a European tour after women were discovered in their hotel rooms, an official said on Friday.

The official said midfielder Mark Gonzalez and striker Reinaldo Navia had been ordered to fly home from Ireland after Chile beat the home team 1-0 on Wednesday.

Chile, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, are playing a series of friendlies in Europe to prepare for a regional Cup in 2007 in the Americas and for qualifying matches for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

'There was a disciplinary problem with our players...they had women in their room, so together with (coach) Nelson (Acosta), the head of the delegation and I decided to send them home,' Reinaldo Sanchez, president of Chile's national professional soccer association, told Cooperativa radio station.

Navia played for the Mexican teams America and Monterrey and Gonzalez belongs to Liverpool although he is currently on loan to Spain's Real Sociedad.

The coach discovered the women in the players' rooms in the early hours of Friday morning.