Aaron Hunt of Werder Bremen was praised at the weekend for telling the referee in his crucial game against Nuremberg, that when he went down in the box, that it was not a penalty.
The half-Englishman had dived in the box, which was quite obvious from the replays, but with the significance of this, especially if the penalty was given, the match have panned out very differently.
Luckily for Bremen they won 2-0 and the biggest talking point was Hunt's sportsmanship for acknowledging that he dived in the box, he did not receive a booking or anything which was fair of the referee.
In a time just now where players fake injuries or a better term is play-acting to con the referee in getting other players booked, sent off or giving away crucial free-kicks or penalties, it has been refreshing to see a player realise his mistake right away and say "Look I dived, it's not a penalty, play on please".
The praise that Hunt deserves for this is a lot, other players and the media may not think that, but honestly when the media highlights diving a lot, it's always for negative reasons, on a occasion such as this, players and the media should be taking notice and realising that not all players are selfish.
Aaron Hunt is not instantly regarded as a high calibre player but in terms of his honesty and sportsmanship he deserves for the time being to be classed as the honest man of football.
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