Arturo Vidal’s name removed from football stadium in Chile

Chilean midfielder Arturo Vidal’s name has been removed from a stadium in the community where he was born by local officials, prompting an angry reaction from the player.

The mayor of San Joaquin, a community in greater Santiago, says he took the decision to remove Vidal’s name due to a “misunderstanding” that the combative midfielder helped fund his construction. Vidal, however, said he asked for his name to be removed amid a dispute over youth player access.

“The stadium was built with money from the regional government,” Cristobal Labra, the mayor of San Joaquin, told the Chilean site. redgol. “That’s why it was decided to drop the name and leave it as the San Joaquin Municipal Stadium.”

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However, Vidal, a former Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich player who is currently lining up for Inter Milan, said he has asked authorities to remove his name from the 3,000-seater ground. “We have a football schools project, to develop future football players and we never got good responses from the stadium, so I got angry with them,” Vidal said on a instagram broadcast live on Tuesday.

“It was unfair because I lent my name without asking and they are the ones who should give us space so that the children of San Joaquin can play sports like before.”

Vidal laid the foundation stone for the stadium in 2012 and attended its inauguration in 2016, the year he led Chile to their second Copa America in two years.

Vidal, 34, is no stranger to controversy.

He was charged with breaking COVID-19 rules at the Copa America in Brazil earlier this year, and at a previous Copa America in Chile he crashed his car, was charged with state driving drunk and lost his license.

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