The Stat Line of the Night – 11/04/09 – Hideki Matsui
Soccer Player Badly Fractures Arm (Video)
This video is not for the faint of heart. In it, the player is trying to move the ball up the field and get in position to cross the ball or perhaps even take a shot of his own. That’s when tragedy strikes, and it isn’t pretty.
As the player goes down on the pitch, you can see him roll his arm in a way no human arm was made to bend. It doesn’t look like the other team took any kind of cheap shots at him. His panicked teammate then calls for help as the referees stop play. God-willing the poor kid is okay, but either way just watching it can be a bit of a “nails on a chalkboard” moment. Although maybe if Dwight Howard had caused this, it would have appeased his hunger to hurt someone.
Soccer players have gotten a bad rap over the years for being, how can we put this nicely, a bunch of floppers. While they are some of the best athletes in the world, there is a sense that with all the fake falling and trying to act injured to get a penalty call, they are less than courageous. The situation in this video is clearly not the case. You can see the man’s arm snap into two pieces as it bends the wrong way.
I guess that can happen with those skinny soccer arms though, right?