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Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano Causes Sportsmanship Controversy

DONETSK, UKRAINE - SEPTEMBER 19:  Luiz Adriano of FC Shakhtar Donetsk in action during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Nordsjaelland at the Donbass Arena on September 19, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (Photo by Genya Savilov/EuroFootball/Getty Images)
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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 20, 2012

Be careful where you place that friendly pass after an injury, because Luiz Adriano will skirt unspoken football rules and kick home a goal. 

BuzzFeed reports quite the brouhaha boiled up during Tuesday's Champions League fixture between Shakhtar Donetsk and FC Nordsjælland

It all starts with a Nordsjælland player going down with an apparent injury when his side had possession. When play is resumed, the ball is kicked back toward Nordsjælland goalkeeper, Jesper Hansen. 

So far nothing much to see here, but watch what happens when the ball is drop kicked from Shaktar to their opponents. 

Shaktar striker Luiz Adriano goes against the spirit of the game and cuts off the pass for an easy goal. Football world, you may choose this moment to freak out. 

Karma is but a myth, because Adriano would nab a hat trick on the day as his side eventually won the match, 5-2. Not only that, they sprint into the round of 16 and are riding high at the moment. 

Lesson very much unlearned. 

There is no written rule that mandates players give the ball back to the team that had possession prior to an injury, it's just how business is done. 

It's a play that only works when you trust the team will abide. Now we all know Shakhtar Donetsk and Adriano would rather score a cheap goal than uphold the goodwill of the sport. 

You can also see the subsequent play over at BuzzFeed which further sullies the victory. The easiest way to fix the gaffe would have been to reward Nordsjælland with an easy goal. 

As you might see, the Danish team scores, but only after getting far more spirited defense than they should. 

It looks like it might be time to write down some of those unwritten rules. 

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