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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.

Alves said:

“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!”


4 responses so far
  • luis // March 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    Uhmm…interesting angle…”I’m willing my son to die”

    Ryan Bailey…I swear if what I’d been doing at work the whole last week was checking online porn, I’m willing you to get hemorroids”

    That should tell them boo boys just how much of a work monkey I am.

  • Jason // March 24, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Just a correction his name is Pedro Silva not Pedro Alves.

    Also I watched this game and as a Benfica fan who hates Sporting, I do feel that this trophy went to the wrong team. I may hate Sporting, but I am not a biased fan. Sporting were the better team and Benfica were lucky to get a call like that. Pedro Silva had every right to be angry but he reacted in a way he shouldn’t have.

  • Ana // March 24, 2009 at 9:32 am

    He threw away a medal that wasn’t his, no Sporting fan blames him for it.

  • Ian // March 24, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Another correction. The Sporting goal was after 48 minutes, not five.

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