We've all heard of 'giving someone the needle' on the pitch to annoy or wind-up our opponents, but Federico Allende of Argentine lower league club Sport Pacifico took the meaning of the phrase too far.
According to the BBC, defender Allende admitted to Vorterix Radio of Cordoba that he used a needle against strikers of Argentine top division club
Pacifico won the contest 3-2 causing one of the biggest cup upsets in Argentina in recent memory, and Allende said in his radio interview that "you need to play dirty" to beat teams like Estudiantes de La Plata.
Lol...this Argentine defender! Hurting (Estudiantes) strikers with a needle throughout game. Can u imagine? Just heard on @BBCSport...— FareTheeWellMajMaham (@kwame_amoh) June 15, 2017
"We knew that we had to play dirty against them and I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle," added the Pacifico defender.
"I completely nullified Otero. He must hate me," Allende said on the radio.
President of Pacífico, who beat Estudiantes in Copa Argentina, says he'll sack a defender who admitted jabbing ELP's forwards with a needle.— Sam Kelly (@HEGS_com) June 14, 2017
However, it seems like Allende has played his last match for Pacifico as club president Hector Moncada has vowed to expel the player from the club .
"We are devastated. This incident has tarnished the team's good work. I will expel him from the club," Mr Moncada told Argentine newspaper