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Wardrobe Malfunction in Italy

Actually, it was quite intentional. In a devilish effort to obstruct the Torino goalkeeper's view of a free kick, a few Catania players lowered their shorts in the penalty area. The result was a goal, though the quality of the shot probably had more to do with its success than the distracting manuever.

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By Steve Goff  |  November 18, 2008; 12:10 PM ET
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Posted by: yobigc | November 18, 2008 12:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

From the Yahoo article:

Former referees coordinator Paolo Casarin called the move “unsportsmanlike and in bad taste.”

“It’s a trick that should not be tolerated anymore by the referees,” he said.

Lo Monaco replied: “A trick? I wouldn’t say so. It’s up to the referee to decide if it should be penalized, otherwise I don’t see where the problem is. … Good taste is relative.”
Hollywood beckons, sir.

Posted by: joedoc1 | November 18, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

If referees can give cautions/yellow cards for not tucking your shirt in, why didn't this referee do something about this? And to think they actually practice this "tactic"...speechless.

Posted by: tundey | November 18, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Not only should the goal have been disallowed for unfair play, I'd say the refs should have called this an offside foul. The players made an effort to run back onside, but I don't think they all made it. This should have been a clear violation of "interfering with an opponent" -- deliberately obstructing the goalie's line of vision while in an offsides position does constitute an offside offense.

Check out the FIFA pdf on page 32 --

Posted by: fischy | November 18, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse


Oh no, not a long comment thread about the offside rule again...

Posted by: B_A_ | November 18, 2008 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Ungentlemanly conduct during stoppage. They did their drawer-dropping before the DFK was taken.

Should have blown the whistle the minute they shrugged their shorts, carded all of their bare asses and then allowed the kick on his whistle once they were again properly dressed.

Posted by: seahawkdad | November 18, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

o.. that clever Zenga.
The first goalie in MLS to sport the cap in a game.
and the first coach to tell his players.."drop it or else"


Posted by: TheWashDipsSince88 | November 18, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

What's that line from Moonstruck? "Que bella luna."

But wait! There's more:
What a bunch of bums.
Or, that was a cheeky move.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | November 18, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Hey, why not. We took it in the shorts every week when he was our coach in NE for awhile.

Posted by: offthecrossbar | November 18, 2008 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Is this what everyone means by @$$ clowns?

Posted by: DadRyan | November 18, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

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