Maximo Banguera

Lesson of the day: Playing dead isn’t the best way to get out of a red card (video)

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Throughout the history of soccer, players have tried many different tactics to avoid punishment or change the referee’s mind over the obvious of calls. Some are subtle, while others practice the “go big or go home” moniker. Barcelona Sporting Club (Ecuador) goalkeeper Maximo Banguera is one of the latter.

Banguera, upon taking down an opponent some 15 yards outside his own penalty area, decided the referee couldn’t show him a deserved red card if he was dead, so he decided to play dead on the field (above video).

The best part of this video is that Banguera goes straight into playing dead. It’s not a delayed reaction, he doesn’t need time to come up with the idea, there’s no pondering, “Maybe I’ll get away with it.”

Nope, he takes the player down — who, by the way, get up and stop flailing around, sir — and the second he hits the ground…dead. In total, 45 seconds pass between Banguera hitting the ground and his first eye-blink. Also notice that the referee never actually calls for the trainers himself, and instead attempts to shake Banguera “awake.”

Banguera for new FIFA president? Why not?