Hull City’s Snodgrass cheats Crystal Palace and issues classic non-apologetic apology
Cheating footballers are the gift that keeps on giving. The latest is Robert Snodgrass, a nominatively determined snide Dickens would thought a little too figurative. Having thrown himself to the ground and taken the resulting penalty, opting to score and celebrate with gusto, rather than hoof the ball into the stands or pass it to the Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Snodgrass took to twitter.
“Apologies from my end, it was never a penalty,” tweeted Snodgrass after the match. “But I genuinely thought the defender was going to slide, so I tried to ride the tackle”.
It’s a terrific non-denial denial, with a sympathetic back story and neat non-apology apology. Snodgrass was already on a yellow when he dived, sorry, used his tingling 6th sense to anticipate a tackle that never came and fell over as if the non tackle was a foul.
Laughably, the Hull Daily Mail is as monocular as the referee, saying of Snodgrass’s tweet, “Such honesty is admirable.” And apart from the parts about Snodgass being honest and admirable, it’s 100% spot on.
But for really biased reporting it’s blinkers on to the Hull City website. Having praised Snodgrass for his fouling – “Snodgrass picked up a yellow card for deliberately bringing down Benteke midway inside the Tigers’ half in the 21st minute, a foul which did at least halt a promising Palace attack” – the club reports:
Livermore’s long diagonal ball out to the left wing was brilliantly controlled on the run by Robertson, who passed low inside for Snodgrass who went down under Scott Dann’s challenge. The referee pointed to the spot and Snodgrass stepped up to send Hennessey the wrong way with a perfect penalty kick. Dann picked up a booking for his protests.
Admirable stuff it isn’t.