We recently took a look at some of the most unsportsmanlike moments in sports history, so to restore some faith in the sporting world and humanity, today we are looking at the most sportsmanlike moments ever seen. Whilst these may not be as shocking and, at times, funny as unsportsmanlike moments, it can be fantastic to see professional athletes respecting their opponent and consequently the game. Sport is at its best when it is played fairly and where respect is shown to the opposition, but sadly, as we saw before, this does not always happen.
10. Lending the Goalie a Hand
The Barclay’s Premier League is not always a place that is a great advert for sportsmanship, but the Saudi Premier League, on the other hand, made the headlines for all the right reasons with this heartwarming moment in 2013 between Al-Nahdha and Al-Ittihad. There isn’t much you can do as a goalkeeper if you find your shoelaces untied with your gloves on, but instead of taking advantage, an opposing player lent a hand to his opponent. This moment was then almost ruined by the referee who penalized the goalkeeper for holding onto the ball for too long, but sportsmanship prevailed in the end when the team awarded the free kick protested and kicked the ball into touch so that the other team would retain possession. This is sportsmanship at its finest, and it is hard to imagine anybody in the Premier League replicating and similar behavior.