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Neymar's Fake - These Soccer "Injuries" Are Getting Ridiculous

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    I'm sure everyone has seen it by now. Neymar seemingly tripped over himself, fell to the ground, and fumbled around in pain at the World Cup Brazil vs. Mexico match. After a few seconds, he just decides to take it as far as possible.

    What's up with these guys? Does the other team get extra penalties if they inflict more pain? I would think that a simple show of damage would be enough, even if their obviously being over dramatic. It's even super common to set-up people to knock you down in many sports. But this? This is just ridiculous. He wasn't even touched....

    They should start penalizing these players. It's not funny. It's not good sportsmanship. It doesn't add anything at all to the game or sport. Stop letting it happen, refs.

    *NOTE: Neymar IS NOT even reacting to what happened during play. He is reacting to the other player very, very gently touching his ankle at about 20 seconds into the video.

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    Wow, that was pathetic. It's too bad that sometimes this does work, and that's why they keep doing it, and keep ramping up the theatrics. Happens in the NFL with qbs and kickers getting touched too. Also in the NBA pretty bad as well with charges and all kinds of fouls. But yeah, soccer takes the cake.
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    SFriedman Wrote: Wow, that was pathetic. It's too bad that sometimes this does work, and that's why they keep doing it, and keep ramping up the theatrics. Happens in the NFL with qbs and kickers getting touched too. Also in the NBA pretty bad as well with charges and all kinds of fouls. But yeah, soccer takes the cake.

    I remember in basketball I used to set up screens and take the brunt of it myself. I was coached into making the encounter look as unavoidable and intentional as possible. But we never sold it as painful.... Just made a big enough show to catch the refs attention to give the other team a penalty.

    Obviously, highschool basketball and professional sports are a bit different, but they're the same premise. Soccer players these days act like God himself couldn't ignore the shear force of what they just experienced.

    I just don't understand why they act like it's so painful. There are no further penalties for extra pain. Just the penalty for the act itself, right?

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    PowerPlay Wrote:

    I just don't understand why they act like it's so painful. There are no further penalties for extra pain. Just the penalty for the act itself, right?

    I'm not really sure. Maybe there are degrees of penalties. Like in basketball where there are intentional/technical fouls and just regular fouls, each with different consequences. Anyone here know how soccer rules work?