20
Oct

No touching! Goalkeeper sent off for patting opponent’s bum

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In what has to be a first in all of professional sports, CD Marathon goalkeeper Junior Morales was sent off in a recent Honduran top flight match for patting an opponent on the butt.

Real Sociedad striker Eris Hernandez received a couple love taps from Morales after the latter scooped up a harmless ball in the area and got ready to punt the ball up-field. Basically, it’s something you’ve probably seen thousands of times before and will see thousands of times more.

"Butt" to the surprise of everyone, the referee called play back, and after a brief discussion with his assistant - who seemed to had made the call - showed Morales the red card.

Huh!?

Was this the linesman’s first night on the job and he didn’t know this is a thing? Is he just an extreme homophobe? Did Hernandez have a restraining order against Morales or something? We’ll probably never know what was “behind” this puzzling ejection.

H/T Pies

18
Oct

Dundee midfielder celebrates goal with real-life ‘RKO out of nowhere’

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If you have a pulse, you’ve probably heard of the viral “RKO” craze featuring WWE star Randy Orton and his signature finishing move. Dozens of Vine videos in and outside the sports world have been doctored to feature Orton delivering a flying “RKO out of nowhere,” and they are all hilarious.

On Saturday, Dundee FC’s Gary Harkins took it to a whole new level, acting out the RKO out of nowhere to celebrate Dundee’s second goal in a 3-1 win over Motherwell:

Amazing. 

For reference, here are some of the very best RKOs out of nowhere:

H/T FTW

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18
Oct

Bench collapse provides funniest team picture of all time

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Derry City were posing for their official team picture this past week when suddenly the bench in the first row collapsed. We all owe whoever was able to take a snapshot of the carnage a huge “Thank You.”

The second attempt went much more smoothly:

H/T Yahoo!Sports

16
Oct

FAIL! French U-21 defender teases opponents prematurely

Layvin Kurzawa (R), before it all went wrong. (Getty Image)

Remember that time in grade school when you were taught not to tease your peers or it would come back and bite you in the butt? That what goes around comes around?

So, apparently, France Under-21 defender Layvin Kurzawa didn’t learn that.

With his side down 3-2 on aggregate in their UEFA U-21 Championship qualifying playoff against Sweden, Kurzawa scored in the 89th minute to put the visitors up on away goals. Convinced that this goal would seal France’s spot in next summer’s tournament, the brash defender mockingly saluted several Swedes as he celebrated.

Big mistake.

Just one minute later, Oscar Lewicki responded with his second goal of the game to push Sweden through, 4-3 on aggregate, and boy did they let Kurzawa hear it after:

15
Oct

Mayor of London trips little kid while playing soccer

London Mayor Boris Johnson took part in a friendly kick-around with local schoolchildren on Wednesday, and almost made a mess of the whole affair after tripping up a little boy. Yikes!

Johnson has a history of cynical tackling. He once took down former Germany international Maurizio Gaudino in a 2006 charity match:

The lesson as always: Don’t let politicians play sports.

13
Oct

Dog runs onto pitch to halt Argentinian league match

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Stop what you’re doing immediately. We have an important canine pitch invader alert!

A first-division match in Argentina between Belgrano and Quilmes had to be stopped momentarily when a black lab strolled onto the pitch looking for some lovin’.

Of course, one Quilmes player couldn’t resist and gave the dog a hearty rub-down before a teammate came over to carry him back to the sideline.

It’s been too long for a video like this. More please!

H/T Yahoo!Sports

12
Oct

Liechtenstein goalkeeper seals loss with huge howler

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Liechtenstein were aiming for a big upset result against Sweden in Euro 2016 Qualifying on Sunday, only to be outdone by a horrid mistake from  goalkeeper Cengiz Bicer.

Down by only a goal against the Group G favorites in the second half, Liechtenstein’s hopes at a shocking draw were still alive until Bicer whiffed on a clearance and opened the door for Jimmy Durmaz to put the game away.

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9
Oct

One night only! Portland Timbers allow fans to root for rivals Seattle

By Kyle McCarthy 

Portland is in the middle of a tussle with Vancouver for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Every point matters as the season winds to a close.

The circumstances are so tense in Portland that Timbers fans might even need to do the unthinkable on Friday: root for their hated rivals from Seattle.

Luckily, club owner Merritt Paulson gave them permission.

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It isn’t by choice or design. Seattle hosts Vancouver in a potential six-pointer. If the Whitecaps somehow manage to collect all three points at CenturyLink Field, then they will leap over the Timbers in the standings.

So, for two hours, Timbers fans must swallow their pride and root for their bitter rivals, as difficult as it may be.

8
Oct

Radamel Falcao has a parrot who cheers him on for every goal

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Parrots are fun. Or annoying. It all depends how talkative — or not — your parrot is.

For instance, I grew up with a parrot. In over 12 years of training, our green little family monster managed to learn all of one word: “Hello.” Fascinating. Needless to say, we’ve given up on good old, ‘Freddy.’

Radamel Falcao has a parrot, too, and he’s way more of a chatter-box. In fact, ‘Coco’ cheers after every goal his owner scores, squawking “gol de Falca” and “golazo” over and over again.

Thanks to Colombian television, here is some footage to go with this important news story:

H/T WAATP

8
Oct

Roy Keane reveals he snubbed Robbie Savage over stupid voicemail greeting

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Roy Keane’s new autobiography “The Second Half” is full of expletive-laced stories on his colorful and combative career, including his falling out with Man United coach Sir Alex Ferguson and the infamous scrap with Peter Schmeichel.

But there’s some humor in there as well. Case in point: the real reason why Keane, as Sunderland manager, quickly aborted his pursuit of former midfielder Robbie Savage, then with Blackburn Rovers.

From the Guardian:

“I rang Mark Hughes. Robbie [Savage] wasn’t in the Blackburn team and I asked Mark if we could try to arrange a deal. Sparky said: ‘Yeah, yeah, he’s lost his way here but he could still do a job for you.’ Robbie’s legs were going a bit but I thought he might come up to us [at Sunderland], with his long hair, and give us a lift – the way Yorkie [Dwight Yorke] had, a big personality in the dressing room. Sparky gave me permission to give him a call. So I got Robbie’s mobile number and rang him. It went to his voicemail: ‘Hi, it’s Robbie – whazzup!’ like the Budweiser ad. I never called him back. I thought: ‘I can’t be f***ing signing that.’”

Savage took the story with humor on Twitter:

We’re not sure we would have signed Savage, either…