When penalty kicks result in falling down and getting a yellow card
By Brooks Peck
A couple years ago, the paradinha (or "little
stop") penalty kick approach was all the rage in
ahead of the 2010 World Cup, FIFA outlawed the
move, specifying that "feinting in the run-up to
take a penalty kick to confuse opponents is
permitted, however feinting to kick the ball
once the player has completed his run-up is now
considered an infringement."
It seems Al Ahly's Amir Sayoud never heard about
this rule change, though, because in his side's
4-0 win over Kima Aswan in Egypt, he attempted
to execute a paradinha and it went very wrong.
After completing his run up to the ball, Sayoud
stopped and tried to fake the shot, but his foot
got caught, causing him to slip and fall as he
actually kicked a slow dribbler towards the
goalkeeper. And just to turn all that could've
gone wrong on this sequence into a reality, the
ref pulled out the yellow since Sayoud feinted
only after he reached the ball.
The good news for Sayoud? I'm sure he's now very
much aware of FIFA's paradinha rules.