The kick, which came after the president had been fouled, happened during a friendly match against a team led by the mayor of La Paz. The opposing player and one of Mr Morales' bodyguards were both sent off. Reports say police tried to arrest the opposition player at the end of the match before the mayor intervened. Evo Morales led out a team of his governing Movement towards Socialism (Mas) party against the opposition Movement Without Fear (MSM) led by the mayor of La Paz, Luis Revilla. The match was a friendly to inaugurate a new football field in Pa Paz, Bolivia's political capital.
But within five minutes, things turned nasty.