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Bolivian president kicks opposition leader in groin during football match

Published 06/10/2010

Bolivia's President Evo Morales shows the injury caused by a player of a rival team during a friendly soccer match (AP)
Bolivia's President Evo Morales shows the injury caused by a player of a rival team during a friendly soccer match (AP)

Bolivian President Evo Morales found an unconventional way to hit out at political opponents earlier in the week -- on the football pitch.

A game played between the opposition Movement Without Fear party and the ruling Movement Toward Socialism, was anything but friendly.

Early in the match the opposition leader, Daniel Gustavo Cartagena, cut the Bolivian premier's leg with a vicious sliding tackle.

Morales, the first indigenous leader of his country, did not retaliate however. Moments later, after another fearsome foul on one of the president's team-mates, Morales walked over to Cartagena, gestured to his injury, and administered a blindingly quick jab of his knee into Cartagena's groin.

The president, whose party is unrepentant, told reporters: "I passed the ball and suddenly I received a hammering. It's not the first time it happened."

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