Good Sportsmanship



On 7 November 2013, Al Nahdha and Al Ittihad, two Saudi Arabian football (American soccer) teams played each other, ending up with a 4-4 tie when the game ended. Early in the second half, Al Nahdha’s goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was about to make a clearance — that is, to kick the football out of the defensive area — but his shoelace was untied and he was obviously worried about his shoe coming off when he kicked the ball. In a show of good sportsmanship, an opposing striker — a Brazilian named Jobson — tied the shoelace for him. Taisir Al Antaif gave Jobson a high five. However, a referee ruled that Taisir Al Antaif was taking too long with the clearance and awarded the Al Ittihad team an indirect free kick inside the area. But the Al Ittihad team declined to take advantage of the indirect free kick and simply passed the ball safely off the pitch. Eurosport wrote, “Wonderful stuff — and it makes us all the gladder that, at the end of this incredible match, there was no winner. Or rather, there were 22 of them.”

Source: “Ref made to look an idiot after punishing players for touching moment.” Eurosport. 8 November 2013

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