QUITO, Equador (KMOX/AP) – An Ecuadorian striker was stretchered off the field, then driven out of the stadium by ambulance during a World Cup Qualifying match against Chile. And about a dozen local police officers were following him.

It’s probably the strangest incident you’ll hear of today, when Ecuador’s Enner Valencia when down in the final 20 minutes of match and was given an oxygen mask, then carted off the field to a near-by ambulance. Scary situation, right?

But their is a rumor that it was just a planned act:

Local media said police officials could have arrested Valencia at the end of the match for not paying child support. They confronted Valencia as he exited the team bus before the match (he gets off the bus at about the 20-second mark in a white shirt with white head buds in):

He is not only one of the best players in his county, but also a player for Everton in the English Premiere League. So it’s safe to assume money is not an issue for a member of the of the world’s most popular football leagues.

But would the team really go these lengths to protect him?

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