Roberto Rojas Is Afraid of Fire

Date: 9/3/1989
Game
: Chile @ Brazil

OK so 1989 isn't really "recent history," but this acting job was too infamous to leave off the list. Although Chilean keeper Roberto Rojas wasn't actually hit by the firecracker, he sure acted like he was. Chilean coach Orlando Aravena refused to continue the game due to the "unsafe" conditions (Chile was losing 1-0), and the remainder of the match was called off. A bloodied Rojas was stretchered off the field, but the injury was actually caused by a self-inflicted knife wound from a razor blade that he had hidden in his gloves. FIFA would later ban him from the game for life for his acting.

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