Aston Villa striker Nicklas Helenius is unstoppable on the football field even with his pants pulled down. He proved this on Tuesday night, in the League Cup clash against Tottenham Hotspurs.
The Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen slipped face-first and wound up grabbing the shorts of his unlucky opponent.
Aston Villa demanded a penalty, but referee Jon Moss refused to point to the penalty spot. The team were ultimately embarrassed by the 4-0 defeat in front of their own fans.
Villa manager Paul Lambert believes the eventual scoreline was harsh on his team, and has hard time believing that Helenius had not been awarded a penalty.
However, recalling a similar incident at Arsenal on the opening day of the season, he admits, "But does it matter whether he has shot or not? At Arsenal, the referee waited..."
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, despite being in high spirits after his team won the game, agreed his side had got lucky. He says it must have been a difficult decision for the referee.
"I can understand why Paul would not be happy with that decision," Villas-Boas says. "Most likely, in this situation there is no advantage to be gained, and the penalty has to be whistled. Probably we got away with it."