To misquote Half Man Half Biscuit: in the Kingdom of the Blind, the one-eyed man is king. And in the Kingdom of the Bland, footballers are giving post-game interviews to Sky Sports.
95% of these interviews are exceptionally bland affairs, and it can never be said that the post-game awarding of the weird Man of the Match trophy is more entertaining than the game itself. That, however, happened today. (Granted, Middlesbrough 0-0 Leicester did not set a particularly high bar).
Robert Huth was awarded the Man of the Match award, and was asked about virtually the only talking point from a drab game. During the game, Huth clashed in the penalty area with Adama Traore. No penalty was given, but it looked an awful lot like a foul:
Huth was asked about the incident, and rather than brush away the incident, he admitted that he was fortunate not to concede a penalty:
I thought it was a pen. Only because I felt the touch, and I was waiting for the referee to give it. I've not seen it back, but I feel it was a lucky one for us.
His manager disagreed, however:
Ranieri asked about Traore penalty appeals against Huth in first half.
“If that is a penalty, I am the Pope.”
— James Sharpe (@TheSharpeEnd) January 2, 2017
Huth garnered a lot of praise online:
Robert Huth is already Man of Year for honestly conceding he fouled Traore Adama and should have given Middlesbrough a pen.
— Kirikou (@odngkr) January 2, 2017
We need more honest players like Robert Huth fair play to your honesty
— Col Finan (@Cmixmax) January 2, 2017
Robert Huth was just so honest, the reporter was confused.
— Andy Cohen (@adje__) January 2, 2017
FairPlay to Robert Huth there. Very rare a player admits something like that.
— LouisWakefield (@Wakeyyy) January 2, 2017
Robert huth has just admitted it on sky it was a penalty vs Traore... fair play to him very honest 👏
— Arron Mezrar 🙅🏽♂️ (@Arron_Dixon92) January 2, 2017