When you’ve been stretchered off with a serious injury, the first port of call should be the hospital.
However, for Enner Valencia last night, the hospital was almost swapped with the police station.
Let us explain.
The Everton striker - on loan from West Ham - was playing for Ecuador in their massive World Cup qualifier against Chile.
Things were going well for Valencia and his teammates, who were impressively 3-0 up against the Chileans when Valencia was stretchered off in the 82nd-minute.
However, things aren’t going too well off the pitch for the 26-year-old.
He was quizzed by police over an alleged £13,000 of unpaid child care bills during his country’s training session before the match.
The Sun reported that lawyers representing the mother of Valencia’s child were attempting to have the forward detained, insisting he hadn’t paid the sum he was required for the maintenance of his daughter.
So, when Valencia was stretchered off, police saw the perfect chance to get hold of him. Numerous officers - some dressed in riot gear - chased Valencia as he was stretched off on a cart.
Quite why they thought it would be an ideal time to arrest Valencia in a stadium full of thousands of people, nobody knows.
But Valencia’s injury appeared fairly serious with him needing an oxygen mask, therefore, the police decided that they’re better leaving him alone for the time being.
Watch the quite ridiculous moment police started chasing Valencia last night:
Back to the match and Ecuador’s win puts them third in the South American section of qualifying after three consecutive defeats. However, the table is looking extremely tight with them, Colombia and Argentina all tied on 16 points.
Take a look at the table below:
As for Valencia, he will just be hoping he can sort out his little issue with the police ahead of their next qualifier against Bolivia on Tuesday.
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