FC Nurnberg, sitting just three points ahead of the drop zone, were in trouble late against Werder Bremen at home in Saturday’s Bundesliga action.
At first glance, it appeared that Nurnberg’s Javier Pinola had taken down midfielder Aaron Hunt making a run into the box in the 75th minute.
The referee pointed to the spot, and there seemed to be no way back for Nurnberg who were staring 3-0 down in the face.
But Hunt, a German international with three caps for his national side, picked himself up from the ground and went straight to the referee and said nobody touched him.
He was right. Replays showed Hunt had tripped over the ol’ blade of grass, and Pinola was incensed with the decision.
Thankfully, Hunt’s protests not to award the penalty worked, much to the Argentine defender’s surprise. A flabbergasted Pinola, who just rode a 20-second emotional roller coaster, immediately thanked Hunt for his honesty.
It was a brilliant display of fair play by Hunt, and well done to the referee to change his decision immediately as well. Sure some will say it’s easy when you’re up 2-0 with 15 minutes to go, but in a day where players leap and dive all over the pitch in attempts to fool the referee no matter the situation, Hunt’s actions are still very much commendable.
There is hope for the game after all!
Werder Bremen held on for their 2-0 win as a just reward.