By Paul Sorene
Were Hijos de Acosvinchos’ players drugged before their game with promotion rivals Sport Ancash in the Peruvian league?
Having supped from water bottle made available by Ancash staff, Hijos defender Andy Salinas collapsed. The water bottle had been passed around. Juan Luna, Martin Reategui and Luis Coello also all collapsed.
Tests revealed that all players affected had traces of benzodiazepine – a sleeping drug – in their blood.
Sport Ancash went on to win 3-0 and secured promotion to Peru’s first division.
Americo Ibanez, manager of Hijos de Acosvinchos, says:
My boys say Ancash staff gave them a liquid which made them feel dizzy and faint.
Pele Mallqui, president of Sport Ancash, countered:
They ate barbecued chicken with spices and ended up taking indigestion tablets afterwards. I’m sure these four men fainted because of that and the physical effort they put in.