Just When I Thought Soccer Couldn't Possibly Get Any *More* Butch, With Its Various Dainty Foul-Flouncings, They Set the Bar Even Higher
Soccer fans applaud players for "crafty play," by which is meant flouncing oneself to the ground to simulate a phantom trip or push in order to induce a ref to throw a penalty flag.
It's not just that it's cheating -- if you're not cheating, you're not trying hard enough, as the cynics say. It's that it's a particularly dishonorable and unmanly way of cheating. And yet this is credited as being an important and exciting part of play.
But one guy from Nice has really upped the stakes in attempting to induce an opponent to foul him.