On the soccer field, anyone on the opposing team is the enemy for the duration of the game, but when a referee made a bad call during a lower league match between FC Bocholt and SF Baumberg, an act of unprecedented sportsmanship was greeted with a kiss of appreciation.
As Bocholt striker Toni Munoz set himself up for his team’s first scoring play, he stumbled inside the box before he could finish setting up the goal. The referee immediately pointed his finger at the opposing team, arguing that Munoz was tripped, which led to a rush of Baumberg players arguing their innocence.
As the argument became heated, Munoz fought his way through the angry Baumberg players to argue their defense, telling the ref that the call was in fact not a penalty and his stumble was all him.
With Baumberg leading the game 2-0, Munoz could have easily taken the penalty to bring his team its first goal of the match, but he chose honesty instead. Bocholt players showed their appreciation of his honesty, seeing as many teams would gladly take advantage of a bad call if the opportunity presented itself. One player though wanted to offer more than a handshake or pat on the back — he did so with a nice smooch.
The Bocholt team did manage to get a goal later in the game, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead as the game finished with a Baumberg 3-1 victory.