<i>Coach fired for playing 12-year-old </i>
The father of a 12-year-old boy who last week became the world's youngest professional footballer has been fired as coach of the Bolivian first division side.
Former World Cup star Julio Cesar Baldivieso has been forced out by bosses of his club Aurora for refusing to obey orders from club directors to leave the boy out of the squad.
Baldivieso also withdrew his son Mauricio, who turned 13 years on Wednesday this week, from the club.
"For internal club reasons, we've decided to part company with coach (Julio Cesar) Baldivieso," Aurora president Jose Luis Montano said.
This followed the controversy which surrounded Mauricio's appearance as a substitute for the final ten minutes of a 1-0 defeat against La Paz last Sunday. There is no minimum age limit in professional football in Bolivia.
"My dad told me that he'd start me if we won, things turned out differently but he brought me on," said Mauricio.
After participating in four crosses Mauricio was stretched off after receiving a knock to the back of his ankle before returning to the pitch, an incident which resulted in uproar.
His father was severely criticised by doctors in particular who believe the growing youngster could suffer serious long term injuries which could eventually hamper his career.
Baldivieso, however, insisted that Mauricio would stay at the club until the end of the season at least.
He slammed club bosses for failing to recognise his son's potential and accused Bolivian footballing au-thorities of "cutting down young talent" in favour of foreigners.
Mauricio said he was committed to the game.
"There's no age for football. I am determined to make it, 200 per cent," Mauricio told AFP, from Cochabamba in Bolivia.
"My father is my hero. But one day I want to play in Spain or England - for Real Madrid or Manchester United."