Luiz Adriano of FC Shakhtar Donetsk suspended for unsportsmanlike goal
Luiz Adriano, a striker for Ukranian FC Shakhtar Donetsk, has been suspended one game by the Union of European Football Association for scoring an unsportsmanlike goal during a Nov. 20 Champions League game in Copenhagen against Nordsjaelland of Denmark, according to the UEFA website, which says he is being “charged with violation of the principles of conduct.”
The suspension, which was announced Nov. 27, will go into effect for next week’s UEFA Champions League group stage game against Juventus in Ukraine.
The controversial goal occurred when Adriano’s team, in a gesture of good sportsmanship, played the ball back to the Danish goalkeeper after a Nordsjelland player went down with an injury. Adriano intercepted the pass back to the goalie and scored. Shakhtar ended up winning the game 5-2. As The New York Times points out, Adriano violated an unwritten law:
It is one of those unwritten laws of the game, generally followed around the world, but often compromised from time to time by overly aggressive (or simply oblivious) players.
The owner of FC Shakhtar Donetsk called Adriano’s actions “unacceptable” and said he followed up with his players about their responsiblity as role models:
“I would like to make it clear publicly that everyone associated with our club is deeply disappointed with the incident. I have personally spoken to the players about their responsibilities as role models for young fans of Shakhtar, and of football as a whole.”
Footage of the play can be seen below.