If that weren't bad enough, one of Morales's bodyguards attempted to arrest the battered player after the game, according to the newspaper La Razón. Morales said he never ordered the arrest but justified his actions on the field: "I passed the ball and suddenly I received a hammering. It's not the first time it happened."
CNN called it "the type of move that only a head of state could get away with" while Bettor's Michael Anderson took the president down a notch:
If the President cannot control his temper while playing a game of football, he should really not be playing. He should be very well aware of the fact that football is a physical game and fouls do occur. Is kicking someone in the groin really the answer? Hopefully, the President does not take the same hard handed approach to his politics. We might be lucky to see a calmer and more civilised leader of Bolivia at the next match he plays.