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

Chris Wright

12th, April 2012


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.



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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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