Argentinian defender Federico Allende admits poking opponent with needle

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An Argentinian fourth-division player is facing the sack after openly boasting that he poked an opponent with a needle during his team’s shock cup win against the top-tier side Estudiantes.

Federico Allende, who plays for Sport Club Pacifico in the Federal B championship, said he was inspired by the former Argentina coach Carlos Bilardo, who was reputed to have meted out similar treatment to opponents in his playing days.

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