URUGUAY’S World Cup ended in uproar after a group of their players were accused of vandalising a restaurant and tackling a staff member to the floor.
And to make matters worse, Los Teros hooker Guillermo Pujadas was cited over an alleged spitting incident in their 35-13 defeat by Wales.
After that game a group of Uruguay’s players and backroom team headed out in Kumamoto.
Drinks were spilled, the venue damaged and one restaurant employee was left with a back injury after an alleged assault by a Uruguayan player.
Japanese police are investigating and questioned the players involved — who at this stage remain unnamed — before they left the country to fly home.
A senior World Cup organising committee official has visited the restaurant to apologise to the owner while the players have also expressed regret at their actions.
The official said: “Even if it happened in their private time their behaviour is regrettable,.
“As the organising committee of the host country we hope to address it in good faith.”
While it remains unclear what punishment Uruguay’s players might receive for their restaurant visit, Pujadas, 22, is in hot water with World Rugby’s disciplinary panel.
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He was cited for an act of foul play against Wales, who were furious with the player who only came on the pitch in the 76th minute.
A World Rugby statement said: “Pujadas will attend a hearing at a date and time to be agreed with the player and his union in light of his travel commitments.”
Uruguay won hearts after their 30-27 win over Fiji but went on to lose to Georgia, Australia and then Wales.