Argentinian footballer, Jose Jimenez, has been fired from his team, Bella Vista, after grabbing a dog that had wandered onto the field by the neck and tossing him about 10 to 15 feet through the air and into a chain link fence. The incident, caught on video below, has created worldwide outrage and destroyed the reputation of Jimenez (rightfully so!).
The announcer’s voice in the video can be translated to say, “Pets are not to blame for an adverse result on the playing field!”
You can see in the video that the dog, being approached by Jimenez, crouched down in a very submissive position, not trying to run away. Simply walking the animal off of the field would have been simple and appropriate.
Jimenez was originally only given a temporary suspension of three games for his actions, but after public outcry, was terminated from the team. The booted soccer player is still eligible to join other teams, but finding fans to support him is highly unlikely.
Warning: The video below is shocking, please watch at your own risk. The dog shown in the video suffered some cuts and bruises, but is otherwise healthy and is back at home with his owners.