Leandro Damiao tries to win penalty by pulling his own shirt

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For years football commentators have been complaining about the culture of holding and shirt-pulling in the penalty box, with calls for referees to get tough and give penalties in an attempt to put a stop to the practice - goodness knows how they will react to Leandro Damiao's latest antics.

Damiao is one of those players to have been linked with a lucrative move to the Premier League for every transfer window of the past three or four years and was once considered to be one of the leading centre-forwards in Brazilian football.

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Steady decline

Over the past year or so, however, the links have come less frequently and his failure to hold down a place in the Brazil side highlight the suspicion of many that the reports suggesting him to be a hot-shot centre-forward were over-egging the pudding somewhat.

He got his move away from Internacional this year in the end, but it was to fellow Brasileirao club Santos and not the big-money switch to Europe he and his agents would have been hoping for.

Getting desperate?

Damiao's form hasn't exactly been outstanding since he moved to Santos - nine goals in 35 appearances - so one can understand if he is getting a bit desperate to get on the scoresheet. However, getting this desperate was not something most would have expected.

During a dismal 3-0 defeat away at Criciuma on Sunday, Damiao actually attempted to win a penalty at a corner by pulling his OWN shirt. No, you did not read that wrong, the 25-year-old centre-forward was tugging at the back of his shirt. Don't believe it? Watch below...

It was only a brief pull so the referee did not spot the incident, but we at GMS think it is a clear deliberate shirt-pull and a yellow card. What happened to the plain old 'fall into the opponent' style dive at set-pieces?

Have you ever witnessed a funnier attempt to win a penalty through dishonest means? We're not sure we have, but let us know in the comment section below if you have.

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