Former Newcastle United striker Seydou Doumbia has suffered a freak injury at new club Sporting Lisbon, with his dive in an attempt to win a penalty in a UEFA Champions League match against Barcelona resulting in a tendon damage – ruling him out of action for 2 months!
To add insult to injury (quite literally!) the Ivorian wasn’t given a penalty and instead was shown a yellow card for simulation. He then limped off moments later, with his side going on to lose against Spanish giants.
See below to watch the incident:
Unimpressive from the former NUFC striker, whose time on Tyneside almost went as badly as this attempt to win a penalty!
The former CKSA Moscow striker arrived at Newcastle on loan in January last year and, I must admit, I among many others was quite excited by his arrival. He had scored just under 100 goals in 150 games in Russia and often caught the eye on the Champions League stage, bagging an incredible 28 goals in 46 appearances during European competition (including an impressive 16 Champions League goals in 23 appearances for CKSA!).
With this in mind, it’s hard to imagine him flopping as he did at Newcastle – especially given our desperate need for goals at the time. He made just three appearances, all from the bench, and failed to score in any of them.
Some insist he was never handed a fair chance – and I was one of several NUFC fans hoping he’d be given a chance during the second half of that torrid relegation season – however you can only assume he wasn’t pulling his weight in training and doing little to impress both Steve McClaren and then Rafa Benitez.
The Ivorian has played just three games for new side Sporting Lisbon, but this looks like a moment of karma for the striker, whose attempt to con the referee will see him spend the next few months on the sidelines.