The Hand of….Ejide?


Not a day after British police were investigating match fixing leading up to Wednesday’s match of Scotland vs Nigeria, Nigerian goalkeeper Austin Ejide let in what should be an routine cross for any player guarding the posts, let alone a professional one.

If you watch carefully, Austin meets Scottish defender Grant Hanley, mid air, and blatantly uses the contact to throw the ball into his own net. At no point in time does Mr. Hanley make physical contact with the ball. Lucky for Nigeria, the the goal was disallowed as the center ref made a very soft call protecting our hero Ejide.

I am not accusing him of cheating, but this definitely does not look good and I would not want to be banned from soccer over an international friendly right before the World Cup. Now, if this were a World Cup match vs England circa 1986, pre modern technology, then I would definitely us my hand to score a goal. Wait, didn’t that already happen?

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