Another Reason Why Soccer Is Terrible

If you wanna read the story and see the play in question it’s right here and the video is below, but here’s the long and short of it:

At an Italian soccer game, a player from Ascoli pulled a muscle and attempted to kick the ball out of bounds so he could stop play and receive treatment.  Unfortunately, his kick was intercepted by a member of the Reggina team who drove toward the net and passed off to a teammate for an easy goal. Immediately after, a skirmish broke out with Ascoli players contesting the goal.  To appease them, the Reggina team let Ascoli score an uncontested “fair play goal” with the goalkeeper doing nothing to prevent it.

What kind of bullshit is this!?!  This play goes against one of the cardinal rules in all of sports:  exploit your opponent’s weakness.  If a quarterback buckles under pressure, you blitz the fuck out of him.  If a baseball player can’t hit a fastball, then you bring the heat.  And if a basketball player can’t make free throws, then you just keep fouling Shaquille O’Neal.

There’s no way the player from Reggina could’ve known that the Ascoli player was kicking the ball out of bounds; and even if he did, he’s not to be blamed. That player who pulled a muscle did not go down with an injury, he tried to do the valiant thing and play through the pain.  And guess what, sometimes that’ll come back and bite you in the ass.  The fact that the Reggina team allowed an uncontested goal to be scored is an insult to soccer and all other sports.  These aren’t five-year-olds playing in the local park.  We should feel no obligation to make sure everybody feels good about themselves.  Professional sports are like life: they’re not always fair.

So the next time somebody tells you to appreciate the world’s most popular sport, just think about this post and tell them, “Fuck soccer, fuck bonus time, fuck “fairplay goals,” and fuck David Beckham.”


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