In a show of sportsmanship and fair play, Turkish club Galatasaray’s Under-14 captain intentionally missed a penalty after being awarded wrongly against Istanbulspor.
With his side leading 1-0 five minutes before half-time, Beknaz Almazbekov cut from inside the left but fell without much of a contact. Replays showed that the 13-year old lost his balance and the visitors immediately protested the referee’s decision.
But the plea to the referee went unheard and the penalty decision stood.
Given a chance to double their lead, the 13-year old, however, missed the penalty deliberately, kicking the ball out of play. Appreciating the gesture from the home captain, Istanbulspor players clapped and shook his hands for the act of sportsmanship.
Happened in Turkish U14 game between #Galatasaray and #Istanbulspor. Beknaz Almazbekov gets a penalty for a controversial foul without being touched and misses the penalty on purpose.pic.twitter.com/Zuj0CSPnKC#fairplay
— Göksel Uzunoglu (@10GoekiDe) 26 March 2019
Despite intentionally letting go of the penalty, Galatasaray went on to beat the visitors 3-0.