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Footballer Fired For Failed Panenka In Crucial Cup Tie

A South American club has confirmed it has fired one of its players after his failed Panenka penalty attempt cost them progression to the next round of the Copa Sudamericana.

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Paraguayan outfit Independiente de Campo Grande did duty against Colombian side La Equidad in the prestigious annual continental club football competition organised by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).

After playing to goalless stalemates in both their first round ties, the encounter headed for the lottery of penalties, which saw La Equidad advance at the expense of their Paraguayan counterparts.

Independiente de Campo Grande player Brendix Parra was left to rue his decision to attempt a Panenka penalty in the shootout as his failed effort was comfortably saved by La Equidad goalkeeper Diego Novoa.

In the aftermath of the encounter, Independiente de Campo Grande's president confirmed that the club had, in fact, parted ways with the player after his penalty cost them the game.

"The board of directors decided to dismiss Brendix Parra for the way he kicked the penalty," Eriberto Gamarra told ABC Cardinal.

"If we had qualified to the next round, each player would have earned a bit of money."

The player himself seemed to accept the club's decision to terminate his contract.

"It's a difficult situation, but life goes on," Parra said, according to Marca.

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