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Galahad vs Odysseus

Emrys Westacott on honour codes and strategic thinking in sport and beyond.

In the last seconds of extra time in the 2010 soccer World Cup quarter final between Ghana and Uruguay, with the score at 1-1, Ghana were awarded a free kick deep in the Uruguayan half. The ball was crossed into the penalty area and a goalmouth scramble ensued. Twice the ball headed toward the net, and twice it was cleared off the line by Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez: the first time with his knee, the second time with his hands. Following the rule book exactly, the referee awarded Ghana a penalty and showed Suarez the red card.

Suarez left the field in tears.

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