Gonzalo Jara

The pitch invader had been wearing a chicken mask when he interrupted the Copa America clash

Gonzalo Jara brings down a pitch invader during Chile's Copa America clash with Uruguay

Former Nottingham Forest defender Gonzalo Jara showed he still isn’t afraid of getting stuck in, as he brought a pitch invader to a crashing halt during an international match.

But his quick reaction in Chile’s Copa America clash with Uruguay prompted opponent Luis Suarez to frantically appeal to the referee to book or send off Jara.

The bizarre incident happened in the second half of Uruguay’s 1-0 victory over the tournament’s holders at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Monday night.

Footage shows the pitch invader, who had been wearing a chicken mask, sprinting across the pitch while being chased by stewards.

Jara spots the run and instinctively sticks out a leg to bring the man tumbling to the turf, before he is apprehended.

Barcelona star Suarez, however, immediately runs over to the referee, claiming the 33-year-old former Red should be punished for the trip.

It came after Suarez had appealed for a handball against Chile’s goalkeeper earlier in the match, with Gabriel Arias having punched away one of his shots in the first half.

Gonzalo Jara stops a pitch invader during Chile's Copa America clash with Uruguay

The ex-Liverpool forward seemed to forget that is the keeper’s job and gesticulated to the match official by pointing to his own hand.

Jara, who was not shown a card for his kick, signed for Forest, initially on loan, from West Bromwich Albion in January 2013, penning a permanent deal at the end of that season.

He was released a year later and now plays for Estudiantes de La Plata in Argentina.