A scout is trustworthy, courteous, obedient, cheerful, brave, and clean. Examples of good sportsmanship need to be celebrated and this soccer player could have been boo-ed by his supporters or disciplined by a coach who cared more about winning than winning fairly.
Thankfully, the situation was hailed by all as the right thing to do. Scouts should remember that there may come times in their later life when bosses, co-workers and others will ask them to “keep silent”, “look the other way” or “take the penalty call advantage since winning is paramount to their organization”, etc.
Scouts should remain true to their ideals, and fight for what’s right despite the possible personal costs of doing the right thing.
Scouts who are Christian might also find encouragement from these verses from the Bible:
- James 4:17 ESV – “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”
- Romans 12:21 ESV – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
- Titus 3:1-2 (ESV) – “Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.”
Soccer players have been known to take dives, especially in the penalty box, on occasion when things aren’t going their way. But in a crucial Bundesliga game between Werder Bremen and FC Nürnberg — two sides stuck in the lower half of the table where the threat of relegation looms — Bremen’s Aaron Hunt did the opposite.
After it appeared Hunt tripped over a Nürnberg player in the box and was given a penalty by referee, he protested the decision. Hunt popped back up and admitted to the referee that Javier Horacio Pinola did not bring him down, and the penalty was waved off. FCN players lined up to shake Hunt’s hand after the play. Bremen led 2-0 at the time, and held on to win by that score.
In the same game, Nürnberg’s Hiroshi Kiyotake gave up a corner kick, admitting to the referee that he touched the ball…
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