Argentine football player gives opponent the needle

Argentina"s Estudiantes de La Plata midfielder Augusto Solari (L) celebrates next to teammates after scoring against Brazil's Botafogo during the Copa Libertadores group 1 football match at Ciudad de Quilmes stadium on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, 26 May 2017Image copyright

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Colombian striker Juan Otero (second from the left) was Allende’s main target

An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.

Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.

Mr Allende said that players had to be clever in order to win.

Pacifico’s president Hector Moncada vowed to expel the player.

“We are devastated. This incident has tarnished the team’s good work. I will expel him from the club,” Mr Moncada told Clarín newspaper.

Pacifico won the match 3-2 and knocked out Estudiantes from the cup competition in a major upset.

The players were received like heroes in the small western town of General Alvear when they returned from Buenos Aires, where the match was played.

‘He must hate me’

But the good atmosphere soon turned into bad news.

Allende gave Cordoba’s Vorterix Radio an interview on Tuesday in which he said “you need to play dirty” to beat big clubs like Estudiantes de La Plata.

“We knew that we had to play dirty against them and I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle,” added the Pacifico defender.

“We know that top division players don’t like contact, they don’t like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do. Football is like that. Football is for the clever,” Allende told Vorterix Radio.

Colombian striker Juan Otero said Allende jabbed him many times with a needle and that he complained to the referee during the match.

“I completely nullified Otero. He must hate me,” Allende said on the radio.

After hearing the interview, Otero described Allende as “as a nasty man”.

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