Edin Dzeko Gets Ejected for Pulling Opponent’s Pants Down (Video)
If you thought biting was weird, wait until you see what got Edin Dzeko ejected on Sunday from a World Cup qualifier between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Greece.
With Bosnia-Herzegovina clinging to a 1-0 lead in the 76th minute, Dzeko got taken down in the corner by Greek defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos. After hitting the turf, Dzeko grabbed the ball in an apparent attempt to delay the resumption of play as long as possible, but Papastathopoulos was on to him and managed to pry the ball out of Dzeko’s hands.
That’s when things got weird. At first Dzeko grabbed Papastathopoulos’s legs and hung onto them for dear life. Then, when that didn’t slow Papastathopoulos down enough, Dzeko decided to just go ahead and pull the guy’s shorts down.
Take a look:
Again, this wasn’t some sixth tier club match in Venezuala. This was a World Cup qualifier. Edin Dzeko is a soccer superstar who currently plays in Italy’s Serie A with AS Roma.
Technically Dzeko did not get a straight red card for the depantsing. However, that’s only because he already had a yellow card. If he hadn’t already been booked, he would have been given a straight red for sure.
Interestingly, Greece’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos was given a straight red card for “shoving” people during the ensuing altercation. However, everything worked out just fine for Greece. They eventually scored the equalizer in stoppage time to earn a 1-1 draw.
After the game, Edin Dzeko was remarkably unapologetic about the depantsing. In fact, the guy was downright delusional.
“I got a red card for no reason, I don’t know why,” Dzeko told reporters. “The referee says I started the whole thing, but I was the only one ending on the floor, so how could I have started it?”
Right. You keep telling yourself that, man.
Hat Tip – [The Guardian]