Oh, sure. Now you apologize.
A couple of days after the fact, Luiz Adriano is apparently feeling the human emotion known as remorse. This after scoring quite possibly the most despicable goal of the season in European football and refusing to apologize for it immediately afterward.
Let's rewind. On Tuesday, Shakhtar Donetsk defeated Nordsjaelland 5-2 in Group E of the UEFA Champions League. Shakhtar's first goal came courtesy of Adriano, a Brazilian forward perhaps best known previously for scoring in the 2009 UEFA Cup final (which Shakhtar won).
The problem was that Adriano scored the goal after the rest of the players on the pitch—both his teammates and all 11 opponents from Nordsjaelland—had agreed to give the ball back to Nordsjaelland after a stop in play.
What was designed to serve as a moment of fair play turned into a moment of foul play. Afterward, Adriano shrugged off the controversy (via 101 Great Goals).
Fast forward to Thursday. Suddenly, Adriano has changed his tune. Somehow, via some mystical remorse-inducing process we're sure, Adriano has managed to dredge up some level of contrition.
That contrition appears in the video above. It features an English translation of Adriano's apology for his extreme stupidity.
It's our Set Piece Video of the Day for this Black Friday. Enjoy.
Our favorite part, featuring equal parts hubris and awkward translation: "I pick up the ball, beat the goalkeeper and scored. I am a forward, in fact."
Our second-favorite part, featuring a back-door acknowledgement that Adriano really just wasn't paying attention: "Once again, I apologize and I promise that this will never happen again. I will be more focused and attentive on the pitch, and I will abide by the rules of fair play."
Well said, Adriano. Well said.
(Video Shakhtar Donetsk via 101 Great Goals)