Player gets arrested after game for on-pitch theft!
Submitted By: Pedro Reyes
It was 1991 and the derby between Uruguay's two biggest teams was taking
place: Penarol-Nacional. The incident involved Panamean international Dely
Valdez (now in PSG, France) and Penarol defender Goncalves. Valdez was
Nacional's striker and he was known for wearing gold chains and other jewelry
on the pitch. Both players were struggling as a corner kick was about to
take place for Nacional, Goncalves ripped off one of Valdez's gold-chains and
hid it in his sock. Nobody in the stadium saw it but the TV cameras
caught the moment, and after the game Valdez and the police were waiting
for Goncalvez outside the dressing rooms. Goncalvez was arrested but the
charges were later dropped as he had returned the chain.
Why did he do it? Goncalvez reply is clear and simple:
"I don't know what I was thinking"
This derby became known simply as the "golden-chain derby"
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