THIS is Sportsmanship

Al Nahdha’s goalkeeper Taisir Al Antaif was about to make a clearance early in the second half with the scores still at 2-2 – but noticed that his shoelace had come undone, and was clearly nervous about his boot coming off as he kicked.

The opposing striker bearing down on him, a Brazilian by the name of Jobson, noticed what was going on – but instead of trying to take advantage, he ran up to his opponent and did his shoelace for him.

Al Antaif, clearly enormously touched by the gesture, slapped his new friend on the back and gave him a high five afterwards before getting on with the game – but referee Abdulaziz Al Funaitel saw things differently, deciding to ignore all rules of common decency by penalising the keeper for taking too long with his clearance.

He awarded an indirect free kick inside the area, and the home side lined up, clearly fearing the worst as Al Ittihad’s strike force discussed their attacking options.

But in the greatest metaphorical two fingers ever stuck up to a match official, Al Ittihad did the decent thing and merely passed the ball safely off the pitch.

In a single stroke, the players managed to endorse a magnificently touching moment of sportsmanship between two opponents while highlighting exactly what an idiot the painfully officious referee had made of himself.

Wonderful stuff – and it makes us all the gladder that, at the end of this incredible match, there was no winner.

Or rather, there were 22 of them.

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  1. This reminded me of a very old incident from my childhood. I was a karate player in my school’s team. In one of the championships; one of my friends who was thin and tall was facing another kid from another school who had the same weight but he was short and fat. Of course my friend was much faster and lighter which made winning the match a piece of cake. In the first minute he threw a side kick that got the shorter boy in the face. It was so humiliating that tears fell down the kid’s eyes. My friend blushed, he tried to apologize but the referee shouted at him to stick to his place. Without further details of the match, my friend lost in a very humiliating manner. When he was asked why did you loose in such a way, he said: “I felt that this was the only way with which I may make it up for the weaker kid.”
    Since that day sports had a totally different meaning for me.


      1. My trainer never told me what was my style. OMG, I have a black belt and I actually don’t know what’s my style.
        What a schmuck!


              1. Our training was always divided into 3 parts, Basics, Kata and Kumite and so were our belt tests. I guess that this could be the style that we followed as well, but we were never taught any philosophies, ranks or such things. Things were way less complicated than this. I practiced Karate for 6 years, quit back in 1996.


  2. Reblogged this on Rise Like Air and commented:

    As a soccer fan, this blew me away. This is the way everyone person who is involved in sports or spectator should aspire to be. This is sportsmanship at it’s finest. And who could have asked for a more perfect ending score. Just sooooo good.


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