Diego Costa mooned by fan during penalty kick (Video)


Soccer fans really do know all the tricks. They may take it too far at times, but they get results. On Sunday, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa blew a great opportunity when he telegraphed his penalty kick and the keeper made the save. Did Costa miss because of the full moon?

As you can see, a fan pulled his pants down and mooned Costa as he lined up for the kick. Atletico Madrid went on to win 2-0, but you have to wonder if the ass of a full-grown man was enough to distract Costa at that particular moment. If it was, that Getafe fan should give himself a pat on the back.

H/T 101 Great Goals

Audio: Manchester United fan calls police after loss to Sunderland

Manchester-UnitedWe all know that soccer fans have a tendency to do some incredibly irrational things, and Manchester United fans are some of the most dedicated in the world. On Wednesday, Manchester United was bounced from the Capital One Cup following a shocking shootout loss to Sunderland. One fan felt that the result constituted an emergency.

A Man. U fan (who was presumably under the influence of alcohol) called 999 after the game, which is the United Kingdom’s equivalent of 911. As the Manchester Evening News noted, he demanded to speak to former Man. U manager Alex Ferguson, who has not been with the team since last July.

“The result is all wrong, they had extra time and it was a total and utter load of rubbish,” the caller told the dispatcher after being reminded that he had called an emergency line.

When asked if he wanted to report a crime, the guy said that he did.

“Yeah, a crime,” he mumbled. “Yeah, I’ll report a crime. The crime is that Manchester United — Manchester United were absolutely … knackered.”

The Manchester police later released a Facebook statement urging fans to never call an emergency line to talk about soccer results and to try calling the team directly.

While it’s easy to chalk this up to soccer fans being soccer fans, we should note that similar stuff has happened in the US on numerous occasions. Remember the time a Milwaukee Brewers fan called 911 after he misplaced his TV remote? Or how about the guy who called 911 and demanded to speak to Tim Tebow? Yeah, there are idiots all over the world.

H/T For the Win

Arsenal fan covers himself in jam after Nicklas Bendtner scores game-winning goal


Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner was an unlikely hero in his team’s win over Cardiff on Wednesday. The 25-year-old has been booed throughout the season as he has struggled to make an impact and mostly finds himself sitting on the bench. With the score tied at 0-0 on New Year’s Day, Bendtner was called upon to provide a spark.

Bendtner entered the match in the 64th minute, which prompted an Arsenal fan to make a regrettable promise on Twitter. James Stokes was so confident Bendtner could not score a goal that he said he would do this:

In the 88th minute, Bendtner netted a goal that eventually turned out to be the game-winner. Stokes tried to back out when Arsenal scored an insurance goal to make it 2-0, but he eventually gave in to his followers and later purchased a jar of jam before posting the photo you see above.

Ironically enough, Dirty Tackle pointed out that this is not the first time this season that a Bendtner goal has resulted in a foreign substance being smeared on the human body. Earlier this year, an Arsenal fan vowed to put toothpaste on his mother’s eyebrows if Bendtner put one past the keeper. Unfortunately for the innocent mother, the fan kept his word.

Never change, soccer fans. Except the ones that throw explosives onto the field and gamble their houses away — you can change a little bit.

Arsenal fan reportedly lost his house in wager, could have won his friend’s wife

ArsenalIn case you need to be reminded, soccer fans do some pretty insane things. Soccer fans who have gambling problems are even more dangerous. Just ask Arsenal fan Henry Dhabasani, who supposedly made a life-altering bet with a friend before the Arsenal-Manchester United game last weekend.

Dhabasani, who is from Uganda, reportedly has three wives and five children. According to The Mirror, he made a bet with his friend Rashid Yiga that Arsenal would beat Manchester United. Man. U won the game 1-0, which reportedly resulted in Dhabasani having to give Yiga his house. Yes, his house. The wager was said to have been put in writing and witnessed by community leaders in the town where the men live.

The Mirror added, via The Ugandan Observer, that a group of Manchester United fans stormed Dhabasani’s house after the game and forced his wives and children to leave. Had Dhabasani won the bet, he would have been entitled to Yiga’s car — a Toyota — and his wife.

Is this story true? All we can do is pray that it is not. We were under the impression that turning $100 into more than $25,000 with a 23-team parlay was an insane sports bet. This alleged wager puts that to shame.

Seattle Sounders fan gets Clint Dempsey’s face tattooed on his neck

Clint-Dempsey-SoundersClint Dempsey made his Seattle Sounders debut on Saturday, and his new biggest fan may have already been established. The US soccer star came over from Tottenham and was a major signing for the MLS. Was the move big enough to warrant a neck tattoo? That’s debatable.

There are athlete tribute tattoos and then there are tattoos of a player’s face on your neck. One Sounders fan decided to go with the latter and take the concept of rooting for your favorite player to an entirely new level.

Unfortunately, this is not the first horrible tribute tattoo we have seen. Whether it’s Davis Love III or Stephon Marbury, fans have some interesting ways of showing their dedication to a particular player. There’s just something about the neck tattoo that makes it that much more disturbing.

H/T The Big Lead

Rapid Wien soccer fans build cement wall outside team office in protest (Picture)


Every time executives from the Chicago Cubs or Detroit Lions organizations grow tired of hearing their fans complain, they should just be grateful they have access to their offices when they show up for work. As a group of fans who support the Australian soccer club Rapid Wien reminded us over the weekend, that is not always a given.

According to Suedkurier.com, fans built a brick wall in front of the team’s office in Vienna over the weekend after a loss to rivals Red Bull Salzburg. They also attached a photo to of Rapid Wien manager Werner Kuhn to the cinder blocks with a caption that read “I’m not allowed in.”

Not exactly subtle, but this is the type of stuff we are used to seeing from soccer fans. Brick wall outside the team’s office, phone call to the police because of a bad call, violent protest against pink jerseys — what’s the difference?

H/T Deadspin

Manchester United fan calls police after referee gives Luis Nani a red card

Luis-Nani-red-cardManchester United lost a heartbreaker to Real Madrid on Tuesday, and a controversial red card could be to blame. Man. U took a 1-0 lead in the 48th minute when Sergio Ramos scored an own goal, but the lead did not last very long. In the 56th minute, referee Cuneyt Cakir gave Manchester’s Luis Nani a red card. Real Madrid went on to score two goals unanswered goals after Nani was disqualified and won the match.

Nani stuck out his leg to try to control a ball that was flying about chest-high, when Real Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa also came in to try and make a play. Nani wound up kicking Arbeloa in the midsection, but it appeared that both men were playing the ball. Despite the fact that the contact was clearly inadvertent, the referee gave Nani a red card and forced Man. U to have to play the remainder of the match one man down.

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