Venezuelan player has contract terminated for scuffing Panenka penalty in Copa Sudamerica shootout


Venezuelan player has contract terminated for scuffing Panenka penalty in Copa Sudamerica shootout

A Venezuelan player was axed by his club after his Panenka penalty was saved in a shootout.

Independiente de Campo Grande player Brendix Parra was made to look foolish in the penalty shootout against La Equidad in the Copa Sudamerica.

Brendix Parra missed the penalty in the Copa Sudamerica shootout

He went for a chip to try and beat Diego Novoa but could only hit it against his chest.

Independiente were dumped out of the competition and Parra had his contract terminated as a result.

Club president Eriberto Gamarra told ABC Cardinal: “The board of directors decided to dismiss Brendix Parra for the way he kicked the penalty.

“If we had qualified to the next round each player would have earned a bit of money.”

Parra appears to have taken the news well, though. “It’s a difficult situation, but life goes on,” he said.

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He was not the first and certainly will not be the last to attempt a Panenka penalty in a high pressure situation.

Zinedine Zidane famously beat Gianluigi Buffon with a Panenka in the 2006 World Cup final.

Sergio Ramos’ nonchalant spot-kick in the Euro 2012 semi-final shootout against Portugal showed he had nerves of steel.