Soccer player dies of injuries suffered from brutal tackle

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A professional soccer player died of his injuries six days after suffering a horror tackle in an Indonesian Premier League match.

Persiraja forward Akli Fairuz was struck in the chest by PSAP Sigli goalkeeper Agus Rahman’s studs-up challenge after the two were racing toward a ball that ricocheted off Rahman’s chest and back into play. Fairuz got to the ball first and scored a goal (which would then be disallowed for offside), but not before Rahman’s crunching tackle left the striker in a heap on the ground.

According to the Daily Mail, though Fairuz was able to leave the field and appeared to be OK, even watching the end of the match from the bench, afterward it was discovered he suffered severe internal injuries. After undergoing surgery and spending six days in a hospital, Fairuz tragically passed away on May 16.

H/T Deadspin


Horror tackle: Mandzukic takes out Schweinsteiger in practice

It’s not like injuries have derailed Bayern Munich much at all this season, but you never want to see something like this.

Mario Mandzukic almost sent the recently-healed Bastian Schweinsteiger back to the doctors with a vicious tackle during Wednesday’s open practice. In a passing drill, Mandzukic lunged into the air with both feet and slid right into the Bayern talisman’s ankles, leaving him in a heap. Schweinsteiger had just come back from a three-month spell on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Fortunately, Bayern’s co-captain wasn’t seriously hurt and completed the next day’s practice without a problem. Still, David Alaba’s reaction in the video really says it all: what were you thinking, Mario!?

H/T Sport1


Standard Liege player sent off for donkey kick to the face

During Standard Liege’s 5-0 win over Lierse in the Belgian Pro League, French midfielder William Vainqueur was shown a late red card for accidentally donkey-kicking an opponent in the face.

After making an incredible mess of trapping the ball (first kicking it back into his own face), Vainqueur swung around one of his legs desperately looking to get a touch. Instead, he found his defender’s jaw.

Maybe Vainquer has been watching too many Zlatan highlights, or maybe he just got a really, really bad Charley horse at that very moment. Either way, maybe karate is more his thing.


FC Copenhagen won its 10th Danish title over the weekend, and TV personality Peter Moller, a former Copenhagen striker, was caught right in the middle of the celebration!

A former teammate of his, Lars Jacobsen, spotted his old friend interviewing another Copenhagen player on the sidelines and apparently decided to chop Moller to the ground with a hurtling slide tackle that would make Gennaro Gattuso smile. The best part: everyone could see Jacobsen coming a mile away, but Moller still didn’t expect what was coming his way.

To his credit, Moller got right back up with a smile and tried to get back at Jacobsen with a little trip, despite failing miserably.