Soccer really needs to curb the growing epidemic that is diving, but this probably isn’t the best way to go about doing it. Late in a match between Belgian amateur squads Templeuve and Quevy, Julien Lecomte took an elbow to the back of the head as he went up for a header. Lecomte suffered a concussion and three displaced vertebrae from the collision and had to be carted off the pitch on a stretcher.
For some reason the referee determined Lecomte was diving to try and win a penalty, and awarded the unconscious soccer player a yellow card. Since it was Lecomte’s second yellow of the match, the official had no choice but to show a red card to the obviously injured player as he lay on a stretcher covered in a white sheet in a scene that was both puzzling and surreal.
I’m sure Lecomte will be as outraged as his teammates at his ridiculous booking, once he regains consciousness.
[H/T to Dirty Tackle]