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Fans have called for an unprecedented ban after witnessing a horror tackle during the Copa Libertadores.

During a match between Paraguayan club Cerro Porteno and Chilean club Colo-Colo, a player was sent off after brutally attacking his opponent. The sun reports.

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Cerro Porteno full-back Alan Benitez was chasing Colo-Colo defender Maximiliano Falcon as he appeared to lose patience with the Uruguayan’s ability to evade his pressure.

Benitez, 30, who was standing behind Falcon at the time, kicked the back of the 27-year-old’s leg with his studs, as you can see in the video above.

The powerful kick scratched along Falcon’s calf and heel, causing the star to writhe on the ground in pain.

It seemed as if Benitez made no real attempt to win the ball, but instead just wanted to make contact with Falcon.

The referee had a close eye on the foul and immediately reached into his pocket in the 99th minute of the collision to send Benitez off the pitch.

But fans watching the game at home felt that a red card was not enough punishment and called for another reprimand for Benítez.

One person wrote on social media: “Brutal. Must be banned.”

And another added: “This has to be a one-year ban.”

A third commented: “Why would he do that?!! This could literally end his career! I hope he is held accountable. This is so brutal.”

And a fourth posted: “In my opinion, 10-20 game ban for that.”

Benitez may have been venting his frustration over the result as the game was drawing to a close when he committed the foul.

The final score was 1-1, meaning that Colo-Colo advanced to the knockout stages of the competition with a draw.

Benitez’ Cerro Porteno was eliminated and now has to take part in the Copa Sudamericana – the Europa League of South American football.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and has been reproduced with permission

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