Soccer and protest often go hand-in-hand: just look at the “Wenger Out” banner that made an appearance at a recent anti-Trump march in central London.
However, protests on the field are rarely as farcical as the events of a recent game in the Vietnamese top flight.
Ho Chi Minh City were hosting V. League 1 rivals Long An on Sunday evening and the score was tied at 2-2 as the final 10 minutes approached approached. Just as it seemed as if the points would be shared, the referee awarded the home side a penalty for what appeared to be an innocuous challenge.
Long An’s goalkeeper Nguyen Minh Nhut was extremely unhappy with the decision. In fact, he was so unhappy that when the time came to take the spot kick—nearly 10 minutes after the initial decision was made—he turned his back on play as it flew towards the net.
From there, the situation became even more bizarre.
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