The art of feigning injury is, unfortunately, part and parcel of professional soccer. Players have for years been going down with phantom injuries in order to win crucial free kicks or waste time in the dying minutes of games.
Until now there has been very little players and fans coming up against such play acting could do other than look on with frustration etched across their faces.
But Toronto FC goalkeeper Joe Bendik might have just discovered the answer. During a recent game against the Montreal Impact, a game that Toronto had to win in order to keep their MLS playoff hopes alive, Bendik took exception as Montreal midfielder Felipe Martins' went down with an 'injury' in the left hand corner of the field.
What he did next may have riled Martins but it looks like it did wonders for the injury that was until that point causing the Brazilian so much harm.
Skip to the five minute mark to check Bendik's unique solution...
Taking matters into his own hands
Bendik's decision to literally pick up Martins and escort him off the field of play may have earned him respect amongst onlookers but the MLS official wasn't too impressed, handing out a yellow card to the 'keeper.
The reaction from his stricken opponent though is what makes the video so great. Almost as soon as he feels himself being lifted from his prone position Martins' injury seems to magically disappear, his anger taking over as he goes after Bendik.
Incident packed game
Bendik's hands on approach didn't help Toronto in the end as the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The result ends the Canadian franchise's hopes of making the 2014 postseason and the Toronto GK can count himself lucky not to have seen red for his actions considering referee Baldomero Toledo dished out three red cards over the 90 minutes.
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