Top 12 Ballboy Misdemeanors

Chris Wright

24th, January 2013


By Chris Wright

With all this talk of ballboys getting kicked in the spleen and such, we thought we’d have a little look at some of the best ballboy-related foul-ups to have ever graced the game…

1. Referee awards goal scored by ballboy in Brazilian cup match…

This unbelievable ricket occurred during the Brazilian FPF Cup fixture between Santacruzense and Atletico Sorocaba back in 2006.

With one minute to go, a Santacruzense player shot wide only for the cheeky ballboy to roll the ball over the line. The female referee, Silvia Regina de Oliveira, awarded the goal a 90th minute equaliser and Santacruzense escaped with a 1-1 draw. Not surprisingly, De Oliveira and her linesmen were duly investigated and suspended.

2. FC Sion’s Geoffrey Serey Die slaps ballboy for not giving ball back quick enough…

The Swiss Football League examined Serey Die’s case and, having found that the maximum punishment they could dish out (a four-game ban) wasn’t severe enough, referred it to their Disciplinary Commission. The FC Sion striker was subsequently banned for eight matches.

3. Ballboy bashed square in the face thanks to unfortunate ricochet during Queensland league game…

4. Ballboy steps in to deny Bologna’s Beppe Savoldi a certain goal against Ascoli, 1975…

The story goes that Savoldi

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