April 7th, 2011
Kickette Fail Files: Shirt Removal 101
NAME OF APPLICANT: Eric Hassli
POSITION/CLUB: Striker, Vancouver Whitecaps
BUSINESS UNDERTAKEN: Failure to expose torso
CITED EVIDENCE: See above
In last night’s Vancouver Whitecaps v. New England Revolution MLS game, Whitecaps striker Eric Hassli had the opportunity to put his team ahead when they were awarded a penalty in the 55th minute. Eric slotted the penalty home and ran to celebrate with his team’s fans. As he approached the fans, he removed his jersey to reveal…. another jersey. Let that sink in for a moment. (Image via Reuters Pictures)
In keeping with FIFA rules, Eric was shown a yellow card, his second of the game, and was sent off. We recognize the momentary lapse in brains from him (and he does too), but we can’t get over the fact that he was wearing another jersey. If ‘ballers are going to remove clothing that will potentially cost their team the game, at least be wearing nothing underneath! Have we not suffered enough at the hands of this ludicrous rule?!
We need to lie down.