Video: Sporting Lisbon defender loses cup final, throws his medal away
Pedro Alves has a bad day at the office
Benfica and Sporting Club locked horns in the Portuguese Carlsberg Cup Final over the weekend, and the former clinched a controversial win 3-2 on penalties. Sporting right-back Pedro Alves was so incensed by his side’s loss, that he refused to be presented with the runners-up medal, choosing to hurl it across the pitch.
On the surface, Alves’ petulant act looks a tad disrespectful. However, the nature of Sporting’s loss makes his toys-out-of-the-pram reaction a little more understandable.
The Lisbon side took the lead after five minutes, but the referee suffered from an acute case of Stuart Attwell-itis when he awarded a penalty against Alves for handball. As you can see in the video above at [0.40], the ball clearly strikes his chest. To make matters worse, Alves then received a second yellow and was forced to hit the showers.
“Why did I throw my loser’s medal away? Because why should I keep it? I tell you if that was a penalty I’m willing for my son to die!”