There’s poor sportsmanship and then there’s just blatant game manipulation.
The latter appeared to be the case in a Copa Peru semi-final match between Defensor Bolivar and Defensor La Bocana.
According to local media, five players from Defensor Bolivar all feigned injury at the same time in an apparent attempt to get the game — which they were losing 4-1 — abandoned.
The referee had already sent two of Bolivar’s players off and with eight minutes left on the clock, he was forced to call the match. If the five players faking injury had left the field, Bolivar would have only four men on the pitch, and teams are required to field at least seven players.
The second leg of the cup tie is now in doubt and officials are trying to decide how to punish Bolivar. The winner of the series goes on to national competition.
Even better: Defensor La Bocana uploaded video of their opponents’ antics to YouTube. Check it out.
(h/t The Guardian)