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Bolivian soccer player faces three-year ban for 'karate kick'

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A Bolivian soccer player faces a three-year suspension after kicking an opponent in the face with a flying kick in a league match last Sunday.

Bolivian club Blooming had an entertaining game against Oriente Petrolero, with two goals apiece and three red cards dished out.

It exploded just before half-time, when Blooming's Sergio Jáuregui was elbowed by Oriente's Leonardo Medina.

The offender was sent off, but Jauregui was not happy to accept that as a fitting punishment.

So, when they were both heading to the changing room, Jáuregui flung Medina away with a martial arts-style flying kick that left him unconscious and had to be stretchered off.

Meanwhile, players from both teams threatened to hit one another and others restrained Jauregui as he retreated.

Jáuregui offered a public apology afterward, saying: "All of a sudden I lost my head and I apologize to the family."

Richard Mendez, a director with Oriente, said league rules called for suspensions of up to three years for such on-field violence.

"And we want the maximum penalty," Mendez said on Tuesday.

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