Fair Play Award: Costin Lazar Refuses A Penalty.By: The Offside | March 30th, 2009
A rare and splendid moment of fair play has been brought to attention by debutant Rapid Bucharest Offside. Costin Lazar, a Romanian midfielder, was awarded a penalty in last week’s win over Otelul Galati in the 63rd minute.
But as the referee brought the ball to the spot, Costin walked over, shaking his head along the way, and refused the penalty because it simply wasn’t. The referee obliged and Otelul were given possession. A breath of fresh air in a sport where the ability to cheat one’s way to a goal is almost as valued an attribute as athletic skill itself.