A witless Chinese goalie’s unforgivable lapse in concentration has not only cost his side victory, but has also come at the expense of a hefty fine, reports the Straits Times.
Sui Weijie, goalkeeper for Chongqing Lifan, was docked 50,000 RMB after he was caught totally asleep at the wheel—making time to rehydrate while Liaoning scored from a free kick during a Chinese Super League match over the weekend.
At a critical juncture in the match, with his team holding onto a narrow 1-0 lead, the goalie’s absent-mindedness gave rise to a woeful error as the opposition striker—sensing the opportunity—quickly played on and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The goalie must have been ruing his utter obliviousness as he looked behind him to see that he had, as the saying goes, dropped the ball. One senses from the look of disbelief on the face of the coach—who appears to be querying whether his charge was all there mentally—that the player’s tenure at the club might soon be coming to a premature end.
The goalie could offer no excuse for taking such an inopportune drink break, admitting that he had made a “terrible mistake”.
Footage of the farcical sequence of play has gone viral and you can view it below.
This is not the first debacle to have occurred on a Chinese soccer field, with a Xinjiang player suffering humiliation after a deplorable bicycle kick in his own goal—coincidentally, also against Liaoning—in the 2013 All China Games.
By Liam Bourke