South American footballer stomps on opponent in horror tackle

Fans have called for an unprecedented ban after witnessing a horrific attack during the Copa Libertadores.

In a clash between Paraguayan team Cerro Porteno and Chilean club Colo-Colo, one player was ordered to step on after brutally attacking his opponent, as The sun reports.

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Cerro Portena full-back Alan Benitez was chasing down Colo-Colo defender Maximilian Falcon when he appeared to lose patience with the Uruguayan’s ability to evade his pressure.

The 30-year-old Benitez, who was standing behind Falcon at the time, hit the back of the 27-year-old’s leg with his cleats, as you can see in the video above.

The powerful seal tore all the way down to Falcon’s sword and heel, leaving the star writhing in pain on the ground.

It looked like Benitez wasn’t really trying to win the ball and instead just wanted to make contact with Falcon.

The referee saw the foul perfectly and immediately reached into his pocket and sent off Benitez in the 99th minute of the fight.

But fans watching from home felt the ban was not enough punishment and demanded that Benitez be reprimanded further.

On social media, one wrote: “Brutal. It should be banned.”

While another added: “It needs to be a one year ban.”

A third commented: “Why would you do that?!! This could literally end my career! I hope they pull it. It’s so violent.”

And a fourth posted: “10-20 game ban for this in my opinion.”

Benitez may have been venting his frustrations with the result as the game drew to a close when he was fouled.

The score ended 1-1, meaning that Colo-Colo advanced to the knockout stages of the competition with a draw.

Benitez’s Cerro Porteno were relegated and withdrew from the Copa Sudamericana – essentially the European league of South American football.

This article was originally published in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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