Jovial stadium opening turns into political grudge match
Getting your country’s president to open your new pitch is probably quite a coup wherever you live. But getting him to round up a team of political allies and pitching them against members of the opposition party is asking for trouble. And so it proved in Bolivia, where president Evo Morales gave an opponent (both political and footballing) a swift knee to the family jewels.
Morales’s Movement towards Socialism team faced La Paz mayor Luis Revilla’s Movement Without Fear opposition party. The president was fouled by opposition player Daniel Gustavo Cartagena and was caught on video kneeing Cartagena in the genitals in retaliation
Speaking afterwards, Morales said: “I passed the ball and, suddenly, I got hit, and not for the first time.”
Police allegedly tried to arrest Cartagena after the match, but were stopped from doing so by Revilla.