â€œWhy did I throw my loserâ€™s medal away? Because why should I keep it? I tell you if that was a penalty Iâ€™m willing for my son to die!â€ – Pedro Silva.
Yesterday’s Portuguese Carlsberg Cup final between local powerhouses Sporting Lisbon and Benfica ended in controversy when Sporting’s Pedro Silva disrespectfully chucked away his silver medal after seeing his side lose on 3-2 penalties.
But Silva did have cause for his actions.
Having taken the lead through Bruno Pereirinha after just three minutes, referee Lucilio Baptista made a horrible call against the Sporting centre half when he adjudged the number 5 of handballing in the box when camera replays clearly evidenced that the ball had only run across the defender’s chest.
And to then make a bad situation worse, Pedro Silva was shown his second yellow card and thus ordered to an early bath.
With emotions running at boiling point at the game’s end, Silva publicly refused to accept the silver medal, opting to hurl the runner’s-up award on the turf rather than walk away with the second-prize.
The incident, including footage of the poor penalty decision, can be seen here.