The sport of football (or soccer or whatever you want to call it) has been around for a long time and is played well around the world. As such you’d probably think you’ve seen it all by now, but the sport never ceases to surprise and amaze.

This time an incident occurred at a Chinese Super League match between Liaoning Whowin and Chongqing Lifan. With Liaoning trailing by one goal late in the second half, things were looking grim. At least they were until fate stepped in and gave Chongqing keeper Sui Weijie a parched throat at the worst possible moment…

The incident occurred at about 39 minutes into the second half when Chongqing midfielder Feng Jing appeared to make contact with Liaoning forward Frank Boli triggering a direct free kick.

However, with Boli still on the ground and the remaining players setting up the position of the kick, Ding Je spots the Chongqing goal bereft of its keeper and immediately puts the ball back in play. He makes a short pass to Ding Haifeng who in turn sends it in the direct of the wide-open goal.

Meanwhile the Chongqing keeper can be seen chugging on his water bottle and watching the whole thing go down. Afterward, as the camera zooms right in on Weijie, he slings the bottle with a look on his face as if to say “What just happened here?”

In fairness, the keeper wasn’t the only one taken by surprise. Even Liaoning coach Chen Yang was caught off-guard while, it has to be noted, also taking a sip of water, and with an even more priceless expression of contained glee as that goal tied the game at 1-1 for the remainder of the match.

Viewers took some issue with both the legality and ethics of such a move.

“A goalkeeper thought a free-kick would be the perfect time to grab a quick drink; it wasn’t.”

“That’s probably the weakest referee I’ve ever seen… He gives a free kick for a blatant dive that he had a completely unobstructed view of from a few metres away, then he doesn’t even attempt to exert any authority and call the play back when he clearly hadn’t indicated that they could go ahead and take the kick.”

“Great sportsmanship…”

“He doesn’t need to blow the whistle. ‘For free kicks it is necessary to blow the whistle to award the free kick, but it is not necessary to blow it before the free kick is taken.’”

“Idiotic referee.”

“Lol….the keeper’s like ‘WTF?’”

Whether a proper demonstration of association football or not, it was entertaining. And in the end isn’t that what sports is meant to be?

Source/screenshots: YouTube – wang jinsong, Sports News
Original article by Takashi Harada

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