Tak­ing a dif­fer­ent dive

The Southland Times - - Sport -

An overly com­pet­i­tive ‘‘foot­ball dad’’ in the UK has gone vi­ral for push­ing a young goal­keeper into a world-class save he had lit­tle idea about. In a Twit­ter video that has been viewed an as­ton­ish­ing 4.5 mil­lion times, the young­ster is sent sprawl­ing to the ground by a man be­hind the goal with the ball on its way to the net. As he falls to the ground he pulls off the save, al­though his ef­forts were in vain as the ball is then ham­mered home from the re­bound. The man’s ac­tions will res­onate with mil­lions of par­ents world­wide who watch their chil­dren play sport each week­end and must con­trol their urge to lend a help­ing hand. Thank­fully, the boy ap­peared un­hurt by his tum­ble and now has a story to tell his mates at school: the day he cre­ated more Twit­ter buzz than Ron­aldo.

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