Bendix Parra, Venezuelan footballer, sacked after missing penalty that got his team eliminated

Bendix Parra, Venezuelan footballer, sacked after missing penalty that got his team eliminated

- Bendix Parra has been sacked by his Paraguayan club Independiente for missing a penalty

- The Venezuelan attempted to chip the goalkeeper which was saved by the opponent's keeper

- Independiente gave the 26-year-old the boot after they got eliminated from the Copa Sundamericana

Bendix Parra, a Venezuelan footballer, was sacked by his Paraguayan club Independiente after missing his penalty kick using the Panenka style.

The 26-year-old stylishly chipped the ball which the awaiting goalkeeper chested with the easiest of saves.

Independiente eventually lost to La Equidad of Colombia and got eliminated from the Copa Sundamericana, a version of the Europa League.

Parra is now looking for a new club after the Paraguayan outfit were left furious and sacked the Venezuelan.

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Independiente missed out on earning £154,000, which they would have helped them survive financially after slipping to the bottom of their domestic league.

President Heriberto Gamarra said: "He is fired because we want to leave this episode behind us."

It was a harsh outcome for Parra, who was not even the only player on his team to miss a penalty in the match.

But with his side languishing in the bottom of Paraguay's Primera Division, the owner was not prepared to take any prisoners.

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Independiente had drawn the first leg of their Copa Sudamericana tie 0-0, and the reverse fixture ended in the same margin before going into shoot-outs.

But Parra along alongside team-mates Jose Baez and Reinaldo Benitez all missed their respective spot-kicks as La Equidad went through.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Leonel Alvarez, manager of top Paraguayan club Libertad de Paraguay, has been sacked for sleeping with his player's wife.

It was reported on local media that the 51-year-old coach has been secretly dating Patty Gonzalez, wife of star player, Edgar Benitez. ( -> We have updated to serve you better.

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