Moussa’s stance, from Fortaleza, reignites the debate over fair play in Brazilian football

Act fair play In the duel between Fortaleza and Fluminense, last Sunday, the Brazilian tour was the weekend. player moises, of Ciara’s team, stopped a promising attack, while his team was losing 1 to 0, when he saw defender Nino feel a muscle injury and give up the movement. The Fortaleza striker received many boos from fans when he stopped the show, but he received support from his fellow Fluminense and also on social networks.

The the pressure In Ceará is great: the team occupies the bottom of Brazil, being the only one who has not yet won the competition, and is already eight points away from leaving the relegation zone. The Fluminense He posted a message of appreciation on his Twitter account on Sunday about Moussa’s behavior and congratulated the opponent for their fair play on the field. “All our respect and admiration to athlete Moises, of Fortaleza, for doing fair play in the move that ended up replacing our defender Nino. Football can and should be. Congratulations for the situation.”

Discussions about fair play – or not – recurring in football Brazilian, especially in error simulations. Cases similar to Musa are not very common in the country. Brazil’s latest and most discussed episode of fair play took place in 2017. In the classic match between Sao Paulo and Corinthians, the referee punished striker Joe with a yellow card for an alleged foul on goalkeeper Renan Ribeiro, but defender Rodrigo Cayo admitted that if it was he who stepped on his comrade .

The Tricolor was defeated by Alvenegra 2-0 in the first leg of the semi-finals by Paulistao and ended up being eliminated from the country in the second leg. Rodrigo Cayo’s stance has been shrouded in praise and criticism. The stars of Sao Paulo, Oscar and Ronaldo highly praised the player’s behavior, even Maicon, his fellow defender, condemned him.

The fair play (or fair play) is not the rule of football, but it serves as a principle to be followed in which sportsmanship and respect for the opponent are valued. Despite this, UEFA has already sanctioned athletes who did not respect the practice. This is a noble behaviour, stopping the game when someone is lying on the grass.

In 2012, striker Luis Adriano, a former Palmeiras player and then in Shakhtar Donetsk, was penalized by the European entity for scoring a goal in the match against Nordgeland, from Denmark, for the Champions League, at a time when his team was deliberately returning to the Champions League. the ball to the opponent in an act of fair play. The Brazilian took advantage of this move and led to the swing of the net, which angered the Danish team. After the match, Luis Adriano said that he did not see the match stopped, and therefore scored the goal. He was criticized in a note by the head of Shakhtar.

FIFA rewards examples of fair play

The oldest FIFA award is the Fair Play award. Since 1987, the biggest entity in football has congratulated sports personalities for their exemplary attitudes both on and off the field. In 2001, Italian Paolo Di Canio won the FIFA Fair Play Award for fending off an attack by his team while injuring an opposing player. For the Premier League, West Ham, led by Di Canio, attacked from the right and Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard came out to save the goal, leaving the goal unguarded. But the goalkeeper felt a serious injury to his leg and was lying on the grass. The match did not stop and the ball was shown in the area, but Di Canio tried to catch it with his hands and interrupted the play to get the opponent to be attended by the doctors. The players and fans applauded him.

Three years ago, the award FIFA Fair Play Leeds, from England, who scored a goal in Aston villaTaking advantage of an opponent lying on the grass in pain. The tender sparked a great debate in the field and among the technical committees. The episode gained further repercussions because Leeds coach, Marcelo Bielsa, allowed the athletes to allow an opponent to score an equaliser, once they left midfield.

In Brazil, there is an issue with simulation. Many players seek medical attention to stop the game, calm the opponent, and change the opponent’s momentum. They are usually treated with “miracle water” that is dumped at the site of the pain. The athlete gets up and returns to play, earning a few minutes on the clock.

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