PLAYERS turning up late for training is hardly new but when one says he has been abducted by aliens then you take notice.
Being whisked away by little green men was precisely what Argentine Guillermo Marino claimed had happened to him when he was at top Chilean club Universidad de Chile a few years ago.
Then team-mate Gustavo Lorenzetti recalled: ‘Guillermo says he arrived late to one training because he was abducted by aliens. He gave us the entire explanation of what he felt and the rest if it.
‘He explained that they take out your soul, analyse it, and all the while they are looking after you.’
■ SWITZERLAND will host high-street pole vault contests as live athletics makes its gradual return in the pandemic. Men’s world record holder Mondo Duplantis and women’s 2016 Olympic champion Katerini Stefanidi head the line-ups for the evening events in Lausanne’s downtown shopping area on September 2. The athletes have been promised appearance fees plus around £45,000 in prize money to compete on separate and parallel tracks, with the men and women taking it in turns to compete.