The football community has erupted after this Mexican goalkeeper suffered an ACL injury, gifting her rivals a scoring opportunity.
Debate has erupted among the football community after a Mexican goalkeeper suffered an ACL injury, gifting her opposition an opportunity to score.
During the first half of Atletico de San Luis’ contest against Deportivo Toluca FC on Monday AEDT, goalkeeper Stefani Jimenez chased after a football near the edge of the box only to collapse onto the deck clutching her right leg.
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It was later revealed that she had suffered a partial rupture of her ACL, and would be out of action for at least three weeks.
But the referee allowed play to continue, and Toluca’s players gleefully slotted the ball into the back of the net as Jimenez rolled around the pitch in agony.
A San Luis player argued with the referee to no avail as Toluca celebrated the breakthrough.
Inevitably, several football fans fumed at Toluca’s decision to even attempt the goal, voicing their disgust on social media.
“I want to thank you all for your messages of support,” Jimenez posted to Instagram.
“I’ll need surgery, and I’ll work hard to return as soon as possible.”
The match ultimately ended as a 2-2 draw — it was San Luis’ fifth consecutive match without a victory.
San Luis will next face Atlas FC on Sunday morning AEDT at 5am.