It’s been a while since we had a filthy footballing cheat to expose, but on Saturday night in Brazil’s Serie B, Parana forward Wellington Silva lowered the tone considerably by handling the ball over the line – but more incredibly, the goal stood.
The incident occurred minutes before the halftime whistle. Parana had a corner on the right hand side which missed everyone in the box before travelling towards the far post. Looking to latch onto the loose ball, Wellington Silva had managed to anticipate the back-post delivery but, being too far away from the ball to head it into the net, the number 9 opted to try his luck by handling the ball into the net.
Amazingly, the officials failed to catch the blatant handball and the goal stood.
Although the referee and his cohorts may have been visually impaired, the Ceara side and management were not. Accordingly, when time was called on the end of the half scuffles broke out between the teams as frustrations boiled over.
Wellington Silva’s dirty “Hand of God” goal can be seen here.
In a same but different situation in England on Saturday, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was forced to defend Emmanuel Eboue after the midfielder deliberately attempted to handball a goal against Wigan in the early stages of the match.
Eboue was booked for an obvious attempt to divert the ball towards goal with his hand during the Gunners’ 4-0 win.
Video footage of Eboue’s moment of cheating can be seen one inute into this video.