This is what happens when you don't play the whistle

[VIDEO PICK: Off the Post] It might be common practice for defenders to signal offside -- but it backfired badly for Atalanta defender Christiano Del Grosso, who may have had the call right but created a goal -- a funny one, at that -- for the opposition by ignoring the "play the whistle" adage.

Napoli's second goal in its 3-1 win, which sent it to the Coppa Italia, quarterfinals, came after after a pass, headed to offside Gonzalo Higuain, bounced off the back of Del Grosso and fell kindly to Lorenzo Insigne to stroke home.

2 comments about "This is what happens when you don't play the whistle".
  1. Jordan Thompson , January 18, 2014 at 7:33 a.m.

    very frustrating when defenders do that. He may have been in an off-side position, but was not called off-side as he had no participation in the play. Defender was an idiot. Coaches should be fired after a few of those plays for not enforcing this in their players.

  2. Brent Crossland, January 18, 2014 at 9:19 a.m.

    Ah yes, the famous "Statue of Liberty" defense. Always a classic!

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