Unprofessional Foul


September 23, 2011

Diving Isn’t Just for Dirty Players

Rodrigo Nunes de Sa

Was that a sudden fainting spell?

Earlier this week, we called out Angel Di Maria for being a dirty diving cheat. I’m pretty sure we’ve documented and excoriated other instances of diving in the past, but I’m too lazy to dig up those links for you right now.

This, however, is something slightly different. Coming to you from the depths of Brazil’s Serie D, we have Rodrigo Nunes de Sá. He’s not some coddled, mazy-dribbling Brazilian winger who flops around covering his face at the slightest hint of contact from a defender, oh no.

He’s a referee.

In a match between Operario PR and Mirassol, Nunes de Sá doled out a red card to Operario defender George. During the requisite verbal exchange of differing viewpoints on the expulsion, the referee fell to the ground as if he’d been headbutted by the ghost of Zidane himself. Check the tape:

No word on whether this match official will be disciplined for his theatrical leanings. Operario won the match, 3-0.

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