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ROME (AP) - In the latest fashion statement out of Italy, soccer players are dropping their shorts to score goals.

Catania, a team in the country's top division, unveiled the new look while taking a free kick. The players lined up in a wall and dropped their shorts in an effort to block the goalkeeper's vision.

The Sicilian team carried out the maneuver to perfection Sunday. Three players dropped their shorts practically to their knees so Torino goalie Matteo Sereni couldn't see the kick by Giuseppe Mascara, who scored during Catania's 3-2 victory.

Catania is coached by Walter Zenga, a former goalkeper on Italy's national team.

"This is a strategy that Zenga tries continually in training," Pietro Lo Monaco, the club's chief executive, told RAI state radio Monday.

Former referees coordinator Paolo Casarin called the move "unsportsmanlike and in bad taste."

"It's a trick that should not be tolerated anymore by the referees," he said.

Lo Monaco replied: "A trick? I wouldn't say so. It's up to the referee to decide if it should be penalized, otherwise I don't see where the problem is. ... Good taste is relative."

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migueldadon said:
I dont see whats wrong at all, smart move imo.

Unsporting Behavior/Ungentlemanly Conduct

It is like the player that catches the ball in his shirt. When players are actively trying to bend the rules to gain an advantage, it is Unsporting Behavior.

I saw a report on this earlier and saw several clips of players doing it. (Not just Italy)
"the wall" has also been captured lots of times pulling their shirts out of their shorts and the players next but one to each other pulling them outwards, makes like a closed curtain. :eek:

Funny but i don't know if i agree with it or not. :confused:

If United did it against the dippers i'd wet myself laughing.
If the dippers did it against United i'd be screaming dirty cheats.

No rule that covers this but it could be classed as unsporting behavior/ungentlemanly conduct.

Could a team be punnished for doing it ? I doubt it very much.

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