Andres Schipani, La Paz
Argentine football star Diego Maradona and
It was played to raise funds for victims of major flooding in
The pair led teams of retired Argentine and Bolivian football stars.
The entrance ticket for the game was a pack of rice, pasta, or powder milk for the flooding victims.
"This game is important because of one single objective we have - to lift the altitude ban," said Guido, a
"Besides from being a charity match, it shows that it is possible to play at high altitudes."
About 20,000 fans at the Hernando Siles stadium - referred to by local fans as "
They were surrounded by banners stating: "Football is universal, do not discriminate against us", and "We should play where we were born".
Next to the pitch, wearing the country's national colours, was
"This is solidarity, South American brotherhood," quipped the condor figure, as he diplomatically cheered for both sides.
'Ridiculous and shameful'
Last week, Fifa, football's governing body, upheld the ban on international matches in stadiums located higher than 2,750m (9,022ft) above sea level, without a period of acclimatisation.
The ban was introduced amid concerns about the effect on the health of players unaccustomed to thin air.
This decision means
While this has sparked outrage in
Upon his arrival in
He accused Fifa President Sepp Blatter of "playing with the passion of the Bolivian people".
During half-time, Maradona received the Simon Bolivar Order -
"We have shown Fifa that it is possible to run on this pitch," he said.
"You have the right to play where you were born. That cannot be decided neither by God nor much less by Blatter."
Lobs and lobbying
While the Argentine World Cup winner led a team of retired Argentine stars, artists and journalists, Mr Morales played centre-forward for his team of retired Bolivian stars.
They included the current deputy minister of sports, Milton Melgar, who played for
Mr Morales, a well-known football fan and quite a skilful player, has lobbied hard for
He even played a match at 6,000m last year to show the game could be played at high altitude.
Mr Morales called the rule "an aggression against the peoples, and aggression against sport".
"Football unites peoples but this decision seems to be confronting peoples. Fifa should revise this offensive decision," he said.
Mr Morales is planning to ask for the support of African and European football federations as well as other Latin American nations.
Republished from BBC News