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 Estudiantes during a cup match last Sunday.

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.

"We knew that we had to play dirty against them and I kept piercing the Estudiantes strikers with a needle," added the Pacifico defender.

"We know that top division players don't like contact, they don't like if we waste time or if we play dirty. So that was the way to do. Football is like that. Football is for the clever."


Estudiantes' Colombian striker Juan Otero [above left] said he was jabbed by Allende's needle several times during the match and complained to the referee to no avail.

"I completely nullified Otero. He must hate me," Allende said on the radio.

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 Clarín.