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Video: Player wins free-kick for kicking ball into his own face

by Rob Dore | February 16, 2015

Apparently in Italy if you sufficiently embarrass yourself the referee will award you a free-kick. Being rewarded for being an embarrassment? Well that explains Berlusconi.

Empoli’s Mario Rui had an eventful game in their 1-1 draw with AC Milan at the San Siro. Having come close to scoring a spectacular opener from close to the half-way line, Rui then provided us with some viral gold by smashing himself in the face with the ball. For which the referee awarded him a free-kick.

AC Milan also ended the game with nine men and remain in 11th place in Serie A as the pressure builds on manager Felippo Inzaghi.

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