Row erupts in Peru after 'spike' claims
Published 23/10/2010 | 05:00
A HUGE row has erupted in Peru after a team claimed they had their drinks spiked by their opponents ahead of a crucial promotion clash.
Four players from second division outfit Hijos de Acosvinchos began to feel ill after they sipped from 'energy' drinks provided by their opponents, Sport Ancash, during a break in play.
Tests later revealed that the players' blood contained traces of tranquiliser. Lima side Acosvinchos -- who needed only a draw to clinch promotion -- ended up losing the match 3-0.
Manager Americo Ibanez said: "My boys say Ancash medical staff gave them a liquid which made them feel dizzy and faint. When they returned the bottles so the other team could drink from them as well, someone snatched them out of their hands."
However, Sport Ancash president Pepe Mallqui claimed the players collapsed because of food poisoning.
The incident is being investigated and Acosvinchos are hopeful the result can be overturned.