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In pictures: Bolivia head plays at top level

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

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.

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

President Morales and his staff played against a team of local mountaineers on Mount Sajama, a dormant volcano in the Andes, near the border with Chile.

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

After sacrificing a llama for good luck, the teams flew by helicopter to a makeshift pitch below the mountain's peak.

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

"If you want to play sports, it's possible to play sports at any altitude in the world," Mr Morales, who scored the winning goal, said.

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

But the game only lasted for about 15 minutes, in which time the ball also had to be recovered after it rolled down the mountainside.

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

Last month Fifa decided to prohibit international tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches anywhere above 2,500m (8,200ft).

Bolivian President Evo Morales during a football, mount Sajama, Bolivia

The decision, which affects many South American nations, has been seen as an insult in Bolivia.






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