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

Most obvious foul in history does not get called a foul

No blood, no foul?

Bradford City’s Rory McArdle literally picked up and tossed Sheffield United's Stefan Scougall to the ground on Saturday and the referee just stood there and waved 'play on.'

Have you ever seen anything like this?

All that was missing was an RKO

H/T SBNation

17
Oct

Seeing yellow! Goalkeeper busted taking a leak during match

When you gotta go … you gotta go.

Such was the case for Excelsior ‘31 keeper Arjan Kok (no laughing!) in a match against CSV Apeldoorn. Apparently the net-minder has a pea-sized bladder, as he took it upon himself to do a little grass-watering behind the touchline during the match.

A quick-thinking spectator managed to record the end of the act, which drew a smattering of applause from the crowd. And, for what it’s worth, Excelsior ‘31 cruised to a 4-0 victory.

We’ll leave it to you to make your own urine-related jokes. Have at it!

(h/t 101GG)

16
Oct

Crazy brawl breaks out in Argentina’s fourth division

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It’s been a while since the last full-fledged melee out of Argentina has come to our attention. Frankly, it’s been quiet. Too quiet.

But sadly, we knew that eventually the silence wouldn’t last. Enter fourth-division sides Deportivo Roca and Cipolletti.

The two teams got involved in a massive brawl on Thursday after a foul at one end of the pitch quickly spilled over to the other end, where all 22 players and dozens of fans took part in a frenetic free-for-all:

The match was suspended after only twenty minutes of play.


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.

6
Oct

Highlights from Sunday’s wet n’ wild Superclasico

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Bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors met in a torrential downpour for Sunday’s Superclasico and the highlights are all kinds of fun.

The match resembled water polo more than football at times as players on both sides slipped and slid and the ball repeatedly stalled on the water-logged pitch.

In fact, Argentine journalist Gustavo Streger was very excited about the new camera angle that surfaced from the depths of the Estadio Monumental:

Colossal referee mistakes didn’t exactly help the “flow” of the game.

Former Real Madrid midfielder Gago was wrongly shown a red card by Mauro Vigliano for a handball in the box, though Gago actually stopped a River Plate shot with his head. A “wave” of Boca players appropriately hounded Vigliano: Poseidon must have been watching carefully, as River’s Uruguayan striker Rodrigo Mora ended up skying his penalty to restore some karma.

However, the the tide turned once more as River scored a late goal in the 78th minute to salvage a draw for the hosts.

Image provided by Getty

29
Sep

FC Santa Claus promoted to Finnish third division

As the debate over the existence of Santa Claus rages on in kindergartens around the world, one thing we do know for certain: FC Santa Claus is an actual, real football club in Finland. With a very awesome logo, too:

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And wouldn’t you know, Santa just got promoted!

Yes, Christmas has indeed come early for the supporters of this small club inside the Arctic Circle (Lapland, more specifically) after clinching promotion to the Kakkonen division of Finnish football. The decisive goal was scored by Kris Kring… — nah, just kidding — Jaakko Paavilainen in the 94th minute of their match vs ORPa, sending the team’s commentators into a frenzy:

Watch out, Kakkonen squads. Santa Claus really is coming to town!

(H/T Metro)

24
Sep

Man United fans to fly “Come home Ronaldo” banner during next Real match

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Coming off two games in which Cristiano Ronaldo scored a combined seven goals, a group of Manchester United fans have come up with a brilliant ploy to convince the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or winner to come back to Old Trafford.

According to the Independent, a fan group spent $4,900 to hire a plane and fly a banner over Real’s next home match with the message “Come home Ronaldo.”

It’s totally going to work, too. After all, that’s definitely how they got the United bosses to finally can David Moyes last season, right?

In all seriousness, we’ve all heard about the rumors that Ronaldo is unhappy in Madrid and will one day seek a return to United. But the key words here are: one day.

He’s not going to just pack his bags and leave the reigning European champions to join a team that, gulp, doesn’t even play in the Champions League (and might not for some time.) Plus, CR7 literally just said his future still lies at the Bernabeu.

So, hate to be a buzz kill, but … nice try, though.

23
Sep

Liverpool and Birmingham Ladies trade long-range goals in ridiculous finish

imageUh oh. We’ve got two goals from 40+ yards out in the same crazy Women’s Super League match for you, but be warned: there is some seriously awful goalkeeping involved here.

In a game with huge WSL title implications, the Liverpool Ladies were up 1-0 on hosts Birmingham City Ladies when the fun began in the 87th minute.

That’s when Birmingham’s Hannah Keryakoplis took advantage of a colossal giveaway from Reds keeper Libby Stout to score a dramatic, late equalizer with a pinpoint shot from 40 yards out. Overjoyed, the entire team ran out to celebrate at the midfield line, including City goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer. The goal had, for the moment, put the hosts back in second place, two points ahead of Liverpool and just one back of leaders Chelsea with two games to play.

Alas, the Birmingham players - including Spencer, of all people -  were still running back to their positions when Liverpool skipper Fara Williams took the quick kick-off and scored from midfield to retake the lead. 2-1. Game over. Liverpool re-take second place. Ouch!

Watch the disaster unfold starting at the 1:18 mark:

H/T SBNation

23
Sep

Asamoah Gyan to hold press conference denying he sacrificed rapper

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A truly bizarre story has gotten even weirder in Ghana, where national team star Asamoah Gyan will hold a press conference on Wednesday to quell rumors that he and his family killed a rap artist — as part of a ritual human sacrifice.

Yes, you read that right.

Ghanaian rapper Castro and Janet Bandu went missing on a trip they took together with Gyan’s family following the World Cup in July. Over two months later, no body has turned up, which has led to some suspecting (extremely) foul play on behalf of the striker - enough people to prompt a press conference, apparently.

Here is the official statement on Gyan’s website:

"The Gyan Family will hold a press conference on Wednesday address recent issues of public interest including the disappearance of musical icon Theophilus Tagoe (aka Castro).

The press conference which will take place at the Alisa Hotel will be addressed by counsel for the family Kissi Agyabeng.

It will be recalled that Theophilus Tagoe (aka Castro) and Janet Bandu went missing while on a holiday hangout with Family and Friends of the Gyan’s at a resort in Ada back in July.

Relentless efforts are still being made to find the missing duo.

The press conference will therefore seek to update the public through the media on the status of investigations so far.

The opportunity will also be used to officially respond to some allegations and untruths bundled about in the media over the role of Asamoah Gyan in the duo’s disappearance.

The press meeting will also touch on the recent court case instigated by the Ashanti Regional editor of Graphic Communications Group Daniel Kenu against Baffour Gyan and Samuel Anim Addo.

There will also be an opportunity for the press to ask related questions in a Q&A session during the press meeting.

All media houses are therefore invited to attend this press conference which will begin at 1pm (local time) at the Alisa Hotel in Accra on Wednesday, September 24, 2014.”

Let’s hope this ugly rumor gets put to rest soon.

H/T SBNation

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