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December 06, 2004

Soccer Player Loses Finger Celebrating a Goal

Not funny. Sad, but in that horrifyingly odd way:

A player in Switzerland's top division has been left without a finger after a goal celebration went horribly wrong.

Servette midfielder Paulo Diogo was forced to have his left ring finger amputated on Sunday after catching it on a perimeter fence during his side's 4-1 win at Schafthausen.

The 29-year-old Swiss-Portuguese player jumped up on the fence in celebration after setting up his team's third goal.

Diogo, who got married recently failed to notice, however, that his wedding ring was caught in the metal barrier and severed the top two joints of the finger as he jumped back down.

Yeah, I know there's a don't-get-married-joke in there someplace, but let's let that lie.

Here's the kicker:

He was then shown a yellow card for his excessive celebration.

Ah. Let me recommend "Injury" as the special of the day. Perhaps you'd like a side of insult?

Talk about a hard-ass referee. You've got a guy there bleeding profusely from being maimed, missing the top two knuckles of his finger, and you decide that that's just not punishment enough. You've got to throw the flag on him, maybe aiming it right into the puddle of his steaming blood.

Because otherwise, you know, he won't understand that excessive celebration is a bad thing.

Thanks to Tanker.

Losing One For the Team Update: Rather than undergo surgery and lengthy rehabilitation that would have kept him sidelined for a few games, Ronnie Lott simply had the tip of his pinky amputated and didn't miss a down.

That's dedication.

Thanks to Garfield Ridge, who recalls another overweight person who couldn't rouse himself out of bed.

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