Good Sportsmanship: Lazio’s Miroslav Klose Confesses Hand Ball To Referee, Gets His Own Goal Disallowed (Video)
Well here’s something you don’t see everyday: a professional soccer player trying to win fair and square without trying to purposely deceive the referee.
Fair play and sportsmanship in soccer? Has the whole world gone mad? What’s next? Cats and dogs living together in harmony?
Okay, I’m being a little harsh. There are some examples of soccer players exhibiting good sportsmanship. At the end of the final match of Euro 2012, for example, Spanish keeper Iker Casillas asked the ref to forgo that last meaningless moments of stoppage time to spare the Italians the indignity of having to play them. But there are a lot more examples of soccer players taking dives in an attempt to draw fouls.
In any case, on Wednesday, during a match between Lazio and Napoli of Italy’s Seria A, German striker Miroslav Klose scored a goal off a corner kick that the referee thought went in off his head, but in actuality, it went in off his hand. In fact, it was just like the famous “Hand of God” goal scored by Diego Maradona in the 1986 World Cup, but with one key difference: Klose admitted to the referee that the ball went in off his hand, and the goal was disallowed.
The video is a bit grainy, but you’ll get the idea:
Of course, we really shouldn’t be that surprised at Klose’s sense of sportsmanship. Apparently it’s a German thing, because back in April something very similar happened during a Bundesliga II match in Germany.