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Score one for honesty: German soccer player scores goal with hand, admits mistake, ref disallows goal (video)

Sep 27, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

SSC Napoli v S.S. Lazio - Serie A Getty Images

It happened in Italian Serie A soccer, where German star Miroslav Klose scored off a corner kick in the fourth minute to give SS Lazio a 1-0 lead over Napoli. But wait … seems that Klose actually used his hand to score the goal, which was not noticed by the refs.

So what did Klose do? His mother would be proud … he told an official that he had used his hand to score the goal. And said official then disallowed the goal. Lazio went on to lose the match, 3-0.

Klose, in an act of sportsmanship, signalled that he had handled and the goal was disallowed.

“Klose’s gesture deserves a prize,” [Napoli defender] Paolo Cannavaro told touchline television reporters at halftime.

Golden Tate would have said he was “just competing.”

  1. khard1250 - Sep 28, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Klose has always been a class act.