Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Editor's Viewpoint: Being a good sport

Sporting conduct isn't a phrase often associated with high-level soccer, but Dungannon Swifts player/manager Darren Murphy brought the ideal of fair play to a new level earlier this week.

Although his team is struggling for survival in the Irish League's premier division, Murphy deliberately missed a controversial penalty.

He felt the kick should not have been awarded because an opponent caught the ball merely to alert the referee to an injured team-mate. Murphy's sporting gesture did not receive its due reward as his team eventually lost the game but his moral stance will be remembered long after the result is forgotten. Take a bow as the sportsman of the year.

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