Awkward Moment As Soccer Player Refuses Another Player’s Shirt Exchange (Video)
One of soccer’s most unique traditions is the post-match shirt exchange. At the end of a grueling 90 minute match, on most occasions, the players on each team will swap sweat-soaked jerseys as a sign of sportsmanship. And if a guy goes so far as to actually put the thing on (which is nasty), that’s considered the ultimate sign of respect.
Of course, as you would imagine, it all started so that the players would have a memento for particular matches, with the first known instance taking place after a match between France and England in 1931. However, it became the standard form of post-game sportsmanship after Pele and Bobby Moore did it following a 1970 World Cup match between Brazil and England.
I mention all of this because there was a particularly strange jersey exchange over the weekend in Brazil. Actually, it wasn’t so much of an exchange as it was an attempted exchange.
At the halftime of a match between Palmeiras and Vasco da Gama of Brazil’s top tier league on Sunday, Vasco striker Eder Luis decided to give his shirt to his good friend on the other team, Marcio Araujo. I don’t know why he did this at halftime instead of the end of the game. Perhaps it was a particularly contentious first half. The point is, Eder tried to give Araujo his shirt. And Araujo didn’t take it.
That’s when things got weird.
After being refused in the exchange, Eder tried to take Araujo’s shirt right off his back. Araujo didn’t allow that, and he then snatched Eder’s shirt out of his hand. Following the refused exchange, Araujo tried to smooth things over with a handshake, but Eder was having none of that. Apparently, it’s either shirt or nothing with that guy.
Anyway, you can check the whole scene out for yourself in the video below. It’s awkwardly hilarious.
Hat Tip – [Dirty Tackle]