In a weird way, you have to admire the shamelessness of soccer players. This guy so obviously slams the base of his palm into the other guy’s face, then immediately stands up and wags his finger, like “Noooo way, ref. Noooooo way did I just do anything.” The audacity is awe-inspiring.
Not only did the the puncher, Rubén de la Cuesta, get away with his punch last night, he plays for Universitario de Sucre, whom you may remember for their shameful decision to throw some children to the wolves in league play last week. Turns out their energy-saving sacrificial efforts were successful and the club has progressed to the knockout round in the Copa Libertadores. There’s no justice in this game.