La Gazzetta dello Sport explains why Arturo Vidal was absent from the Juventus starting 11 that controversially beat second-place AS Roma 3-2 at the Juventus Stadium in Turin on Sunday. According to the Italian daily, the Chilean was involved in an altercation on the streets of Turin at about 5 a.m. on Friday after going out clubbing on Thursday night with friends. As a result, the 27-year-old was fined and then dropped from the starting lineup for the Roma clash, replaced by veteran Andrea Pirlo.
Vidal’s actions are interesting considering how close the midfielder came to leaving Juventus this summer. While the Bianconeri refused to sell him and he never publicly said he wanted to leave, the rumors kept swirling. His stance could well change in January, when Manchester United, and other big spenders, are likely to come calling, again.