Fair Play Continues As Dungannon Swifts Deliberately Botch Harsh Penalty vs Ballymena (Video)

Chris Wright

12th, April 2012

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By Chris Wright

The gentle odour of fair play that has permeated the afternoon continues to waft, with soul-affirming footage from the Northern Ireland Premiership game between Dungannon Swifts and Ballymena United.

We join the action at 0-0 with Dungannon being awarded a penalty after Ballymena centre-back Gavin Taggart catches the ball in the area mistakenly thinking he’d heard the whistle sound for play to stop so his injured teammate, Chris Rodgers (who had dislocated a shoulder), could be stretchered from the field.

Playing to the letter of the law, the referee awarded Dungannon a penalty for the deliberate handball, though Swifts’ player-manager Darren Murphy wasn’t about to go capitalising on his opponent’s misfortune – informing the Ballymena ‘keeper of his intentions before pootling the resultant spot-kick straight down the middle and into his grateful arms…

(Start at the 0:49 mark to watch the incredible off-the-roof-of-the-stand pass that lead to the incident)

That’s leading by example.

Warm round of applause for Mr Murphy please – though, unfortunately for him, his Dungannon side eventually went on to lose 2-4.

Bum.

Via OTP

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  1. syndex says:

    good lad

  2. sent off says:

    Letter of the law? The laws of the game state that if a player handles the ball thinking he heard a legitimate whistle to stop play, then the restart is a dropped ball.
    Appalling decision.

  3. Tom Jones says:

    Come on he tried to score it but the keeper made a brilliant save.

  4. Jarren says:

    Ah, good oul Norn Irish football!

  5. Ian says:

    Perhaps that is the same reason for the Yak’s first penalty vs liverpool last on Tuesday

  6. andrei says:

    seemed to me like his teammates were crowding the referee to get the penalty in the first place.

  7. Professor Erno Breastpinchd says:

    Love how jagged the edges around the club badge is, as though some recovering alcoholic did the photoshopping on it.

    How was the “stand pass” not a throw in??

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