Tottenham Hotspur linked striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has admitted he was wrong not to go down for a penalty during FC Schalke’s 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen over the weekend.
The Dutchman duelled with Leverkusen defender Giulio Donati in the first half of the game as he went through on goal. Despite an apparent clip, Huntelaar stayed on his feet but wasn’t able to convert his chance.
“If I fall down, I get a penalty and he gets a red card but I used my body and in trying to reach a conclusion, I didn’t go down. That was definitely the wrong decision,” Huntelaar is quoted by Bild.
The defeat was Roberto Di Matteo’s first since he took over as manager at Schalke and the reported Tottenham Hotspur linked striker has only been criticised in Germany because of the fact his side loss.
It’s a difficult dilemma that many strikers are confronted with on a weekly basis; do the moral thing, stay on your feet and try to score or go down, give a teammate the chance to score from the spot and gain a numerical advantage.
His original actions are admirable because he didn’t go for the easy option but it’s concerning that he considers his own morality the wrong decision.