In a state of disbelief, onlookers kept cameras rolling as Bolivian President Evo Morales knees an opponent in the groin during a local ‘friendly’ match. Almost immediately, videos of the cringe-worthy incident went viral on YouTube. Check out the video footage, plus pictures of the low-blowing President below!

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Operating under the guise of a friendly match between politicians, a team lead by the Bolivian President went head to head against a team lead by his former ally and now political rival La Paz Mayor Luis Revilla. The tension between the President’s Movement for Socialism party and Revilla’s Movement Without Fear party was, needless to say, the main story on the field.

Receiving a particularly hard tackle just before the incident, teammates say that Bolivian President Evo Morales knees the defender as merely a sporting retaliation in self-defense.

“I passed the ball and suddenly I received a hammering. It’s not the first time it happened,” he said.

Political tension has been rife in Bolivia since the President’s election. A landmark law passed in January 2009 expanded the President’s powers exponentially, and began turning Bolivia into a socialist state. Since this referendum passed into law, the Movement Without Fear party has abandoned its alliance with the President’s party, and vowed to challenge him in the 2014 elections.

The stressed relationship between the parties spilled over into the Football match earlier this week, leading to a 4-4 final result, and 4 red cards during the match. Daniel Gustavo Cartagenam, the man on the receiving end of the testicular attack was one who received a red-card. Mayor Revilla was forced to intervene after the match in order to prevent the President’s security from arresting Cartagenam. Wisely, the La Paz Mayor downplayed the violence of the game following the match.

“This was a football game and on the field we are all players,” said the mayor.

Ignoring the obvious reflections on the political atmosphere of Bolivia, the highlight video as Bolivian President Evo Morales knees a fellow footballer is surely the most entertaining video of a political leader this year. What do you think of the South American President’s actions? If you haven’t seen the video, check it out plus photos of the Bolivian leader below, and let me know your thoughts in the comment section!

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