Feigning injury is pure cheating and over the weekend we were witness to two of the worst examples of play-acting seen for quite some time.
The clash between Palmeiras and Corinthians on Sunday in the Cameonato Paulista grabbed world headlines thanks to Ronaldo’s late headed equaliser. There was another incident of note as Argentinean defender Sergio Escudero lived up to the reputation of many of his countrymen and bizarrely claimed to have been hit by a linesman’s flag after he had got into an argument with a Palmeiras player.
The cheating left back in all his glory can be seen here.
Going toe-to-toe with Escudero in the battle for the biggest cheat award of the weekend, Gent forward Mbaye Leye stepped up with an incredible tumble in the box despite a distinct lack of contact on the striker.
Racing through to pick up a delightful through-ball in the box, Leye initially beat visiting keeper Nicolas Ardouin to the ball only for the number nine to immediately hit the ground as if to intimate contact from the shot-stopper. But as the footage clearly showed, not only was there no contact but it wasn’t even close. Sadly, in the face of protestations from the Tubize players, the ref bought the con and awarded the penalty which was duly tucked home.
Mbaye Leye’s terrible tumble can be seen here.
So which was worse? You decide.