SALVADOR, Brazil—According to sources at the scene, a goal just scored in the Spain-Netherlands World Cup game has been disallowed by the game’s officials for no fucking reason. Players, fans, media, and coaches at the game and viewers around the world remain in the dark as to why the goal was taken away.
Spain’s Andres Iniesta defended a drive by the Netherlands’ Wesley Sneijder by sending the ball out of bounds along the Spanish goal line. On the ensuing corner kick, Sneijder launched a beautiful feed to forward Robin van Persie, who headed the ball past Spanish keeper Iker Casillas.
Reporters at the game described the acrobatic, exciting play as “a goal that makes you realize why it’s called ‘the beautiful game.'”
As the Dutch team and its throngs of orange-clad fans went into a frantic celebration, however, a whistle-blowing FIFA official sprinted toward the net before shouting, “No, no, no,” snatching the ball from the goal, and awarding possession to Spain.
Angry Dutch players swarmed the referee demanding an explanation that never came, with the official only muttering, “Play on. You were there before it went,” an ambiguous reference to what could be one of a handful of rules.
The official then blew his whistle to restart play while making an unrecognized flapping gesture with his arms.
At press time, the score of the game remained 0-0.
MIAMI—Heat president Pat Riley is aiming to add a dozen current and former All-Stars to the team’s roster this summer, according to sources. Along with the Heat’s current power trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the 12 superstars would complete the first Big 15 in NBA history.
The rumor surfaced in the midst of the Heat’s fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, which currently sees the team in a 3-1 series deficit against the San Antonio Spurs. Sources close to Riley speculate the Heat’s early-series losses, including back-to-back blowouts at home, have “pushed him to have no choice but to start planning for a Big 15.”