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Harry Arter tricked Nathaniel Chalobah into leaving a free shot with classic five-a-side tactic

Clever ploy or bad sportsmanship?

There was a moment of sheer five-a-side style brilliance in Watford’s win over Bournemouth yesterday. 

While the Hornets pulled off a fairly standard 2-0 win, there was an incident in the second half that we’ve seen numerous times in parks, playgrounds and five-a-side pitches, but not so much in the Premier League.

Happy Hornets

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Happy Hornets

10 minutes after the restart, Watford were in possession with the score poised at 0-0 when midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah received a cross on the edge of the box which he should’ve buried into the back of the net.

But instead, he left the ball and let it roll harmlessly behind him in to the grateful feet of Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.

But why?

Facepalm

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Facepalm

Well, replays show that Arter went for a classic Sunday League trick by shouting at Chalobah to ‘leave it’ when the ball was crossed into his path.

And Chalobah, believing that he’d heard a teammate shout for the ball, dummied and allowed the Cherries midfielder to receive the pass and clear away the danger.

A cross comes in from the right-wing, which finds Chalobah in plenty of space

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A cross comes in from the right-wing, which finds Chalobah in plenty of space

But sneaky Harry Arter is stood behind him and calls for him to ‘leave it’

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But sneaky Harry Arter is stood behind him and calls for him to ‘leave it’

The former Chelsea man then dummies the ball through his legs, only to see it fall to Arter

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The former Chelsea man then dummies the ball through his legs, only to see it fall to Arter

Oops

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Oops

As you can tell, he was clearly not happy about it.

And technically, it’s against the rules.

If the referee had spotted the incident, it would’ve resulted in an indirect free kick against Arter.

So think about that, next time you trick an opponent in the park.

(But it is kinda funny, right?)


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