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Old 11-02-2011, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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There was a CNN article about a non goalie who used his hands to block a shot which resulted in the shooting team being awarded a penalty kick that they subsequently missed.

Luis Suarez - 2010 Unsportsmen of the Year - Photos - SI.com

Is this unsportsmanlike or simply good (but desperate) defense? What non goalie wouldn't do whatever it takes (using hands in goal area) to prevent a goal? It doesn't seem like poor sportsmanship.

What do you think?
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Old 11-02-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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There was a CNN article about a non goalie who used his hands to block a shot which resulted in the shooting team being awarded a penalty kick that they subsequently missed.

Luis Suarez - 2010 Unsportsmen of the Year - Photos - SI.com

Is this unsportsmanlike or simply good (but desperate) defense? What non goalie wouldn't do whatever it takes (using hands in goal area) to prevent a goal? It doesn't seem like poor sportsmanship.

What do you think?

It's cheap. You do whatever you can to stop the shot within the laws of the game. Doing something like using your hands is cheap. If you werent good enough to stop the goal from happening using your skills within the laws of game, you deserved to be scored on. The kind of attitude you are exhibiting is one of the reasons sports has become so corrupt.
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Old 11-02-2011, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I agree..bad sportsmanship. World Cup does strange things to folks..so much pressure.
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Old 11-02-2011, 01:29 PM
 
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I would have done the exact same TBH.
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Old 11-02-2011, 05:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It's cheap. You do whatever you can to stop the shot within the laws of the game. Doing something like using your hands is cheap. If you werent good enough to stop the goal from happening using your skills within the laws of game, you deserved to be scored on. The kind of attitude you are exhibiting is one of the reasons sports has become so corrupt.

So you would have let the ball go by? I wonder how your teammates would treat you if you just let the goal go by and did nothing - even if illegal - to prevent it. They'd probably be mad as hell at you.

I think I would have used my hands too. Sure it is against rules but it isn't dangerous (doesn't risk injury) and the other team is awarded a penalty kick. I don't think it is any less sportsmanlike than intentionally fouling a player to stop the clock in basketball or walking a dangerous batter with first base open in baseball, or pulling the goaltender with a minute left and you are trailing by a goal in hockey. (I realize the latter two are not against the rules.)

Finally "one of the reasons sports has become so corrupt"; I'd bet most soccer players would have done the same thing, 100 years ago too.

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Old 11-02-2011, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I agree..bad sportsmanship. World Cup does strange things to folks..so much pressure.
Do you think a high school fullback (non goalie) would have used his hands to prevent the goal? Or, do think that action would only be exhibited at the highest level? I'd bet the high school kid (and 98% of any other soccer players int the world) would do the same thing.
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Old 11-02-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Here's the block on YouTube


World Cup 2010: Luis Suarez Dramatic Handball - YouTube
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Old 11-02-2011, 11:56 PM
 
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What Suarez did was one of the un-classiest plays I have seen in international football. Gyan's penalty miss aside, even in recreational leagues that stunt would have been frowned upon. That his team made it through to the semi-finals holds no bearing on the act in itself. You could try and go the "ends justify the means" route, but Henry's infamous hand-ball was not nearly as bad as that, and it caused ten times the outrage. Seems rather inconsistent doesn't it? From that day forward, Suarez lost all of my respect.
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Old 11-03-2011, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Scotland
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I bet 90% of you who are taking the moral high ground would do exact same for your country in the world cup! A ball coming at you at a hundred miles an hour, no time think I would do it without a doubt.
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Old 11-03-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: NC
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I bet 90% of you who are taking the moral high ground would do exact same for your country in the world cup! A ball coming at you at a hundred miles an hour, no time think I would do it without a doubt.
I agree, it's different when you are actually in the situation and under pressure, not behind a screen
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