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Chile keeper cleared for World Cup after dodging jail

Chile keeper cleared for World Cup after dodging jail

Posted by Juan Gavasa on May 01, 2014

Goalkeeper Johnny Herrera will be eligible for Chile's World Cup squad after being given a suspended sentence for drink driving rather than a jail term, media reported on Wednesday.

Herrera, a likely reserve for manager Jorge Sampaoli, was given a 150-day suspended sentence, a $740 fine and two year suspension from driving.

He was caught driving over the alcohol limit during Chile's annual independence day celebrations in September 2012 despite an already existing suspension.

The prosecution had pressed for the 33-year-old Universidad de Chile player to receive a two year jail sentence, newspaper La Tercera said.

Herrera had previously been found guilty of killing a 22-year-old woman while he was speeding. He had his driving licence revoked for two years in June 2013 after running over student Macarena Casassus in Santiago in 2009.

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