Bolivian President Evo Morales has snubbed Fifa’s ban on high-altitude football matches by playing his own at 6,000m (19,700 ft) above sea level.
(FIFA decided last month to prohibit international tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches above 2,500 metres (8,200 feet). Their reason was concern for players’ health and an unfair home advantage for highland teams. But the ban means the capitals of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and the stadiums of leading teams in Peru, Chile and Mexico won’t be able to host matches. Morales and the other players flew by helicopter up to a rocky saddle below the peak of Sajama, a dormant Andean volcano, that was after attending the obligatory llama sacrifice for good luck.)