Thursday, March 8th, 2012
Certain etiquette rules are universal throughout the world of football.
In the event the one team purposefully kicks the ball out of play due to another playing lying injured on the floor, the norm is that the other team returns the ball under the convention of fair play. That convention, however, was sidestepped by an unknown striker playing for Petrolina at Salgueiro in Brazil’s Campeonato Pernambucano this week.
According to local reports, a Salgueiro player kicked the ball into touch after seeing a Petrolina player hurt on the turf. But, rather than adhering to the etiquette, a Petrolina forward headed straight for goal and when he missed he was immediately set upon by the angry hosts.
Four Salgueiro defenders and the goalie instantly crowded the forward, who in turn acted like a pansy and hit the deck without being struck. That sparked a brawl involving players and subs from both sides which reportedly witnessed an unsightly splattering of kicks and punches.