Refs Let Bury FC Score An Undefended Goal From Midfield
Confused? So am I. There is an "unwritten" rule in soccer that a team should willingly turn the ball over when a player gets hurt. Then the other team should give the ball back once the player has been attended to.
Sure, it's good sportsmanship to not take advantage of an injury, but two things:
1) When was the last time a football player stopped running to the end zone because someone twisted an ankle. Or, a basketball player stopped a fast break due to the same.
2) More importantly, why use sportsmanship when your sport is filled with unending fake injuries. The NBA does stop play after the possession when a player gets hurt on the opposing team, but at least those are real. Soccer players act as if they got shot after a grazed cleat to the shin.
So this video may confuse the heck out of you, as it did me.
Apparently, a Bury player suffered an injury, so his team kicked the ball out of bounds to halt play. That's actually common practice in soccer, and as a show of sportsmanship, the opposing team normally throws the ball back to the other team so they can have possession back. But, it's not an official rule.
So, when the player threw the ball to his own teammate (Rovers) the player decided to boot it back to the Bury goalie so they could have possession. However, he kicked it too well and scored.
Since everyone knows it wasn't intentional, the Rovers let Bury have a free goal to make up for the unintended score.
Got it? Yea, me neither. I thought the goal was pretty impressive. Could you imagine a NFL or NBA team just standing around and letting the other team score to make up for an injury score? Well, at least we have this confusing highlight now because... soccer.
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