Top 10 sporting gestures

With two examples of fair play coming in football in the past fortnight, here's a look at 10 of the top gestures from the world of sports. 


Paolo Di CanioThe fiery Italian earned a standing ovation after refusing to take advantage of a goalkeeper's injury during a Premier League match. Everton goalkeeper Paul Gerrard was injured in the penalty box, and the ball was crossed to West Ham's Di Canio in front of an open goal. Instead of scoring, the striker picked up the ball and gestured for medics to attend to the stricken Gerrard. 

Aaron HuntThe German international fell theatrically inside the penalty box after a challenge from Nuremberg's Argentine defender Javier Pinola. Video replays showed that Pinola made no contact with Hunt, but the referee awarded Hunt's Werder Bremen a penalty. But rather than celebrating the decision, Hunt went up to the referee to admit that he had made more of a challenge than he should have. The referee reversed his decision and also chose not to book Hunt for simulation.

Leicester City vs Nottingham ForestIn a 2007 Carling Cup tie, Leicester trailed Nottingham Forest 0-1 at half-time when their defender Clive Clarke collapsed in the team dug-out. Amid fears for Clarke's life, the match was abandoned. The replay was three weeks later, and at the kick-off, the Leicester side stood aside to allow Forest keeper Paul Smith to take the ball upfield and score, restoring the team's 1-0 lead from the first game. Leicester eventually won the game.


Adam GilchristIn the 2003 World Cup final, Gilchrist was given not out by umpire Rudi Koertzen after edging the ball to Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper. The game was in the balance, but Gilchrist walked back to the pavilion, over-ruling the referee's decision. Australia , however, still went on to win the game and the Cup.

Mark TaylorAustralia's skipper was on 334 at the end of day two of the second Test against Pakistan in 1998, needing just one run to pass Donald Bradman's highest Test score. The next morning he told teammates he would declare to chase victory. The Test was drawn, but Taylor was widely praised.


Jack NicklausIn the final match of the 1969 Ryder Cup, Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin faced putts for par. Nicklaus made his four-footer, picked his ball from the cup but then lifted Jacklin's marker lying two feet from the hole. To the amazement of the crowd, he extended his hand to the Englishman and said: "I don't believe you would've missed that, but I'd never give you the opportunity under these circumstances".


Pat RafterThe nice guy of tennis earned a diploma of honour from the Committee for Fair Play after reversing a line call that largely cost him victory. At the Australian Hardcourt Championship in Adelaide in 1997, in a second set tie-breaker against Andrei Cherkasov, Rafter reversed the crucial point, and the Russian went on to win.

Andy RoddickRoddick's act in the 2005 Rome Masters also cost him the match. With a triple match point in the final set, opponent Fernando Verdasco double-faulted and lost the match. But Roddick disputed the call and said the serve was in. Verdasco won the point and then the match.


Lutz LongAdolf Hitler claimed the world would see the dominance of the Aryan race at the 1936 Olympics, so it was extraordinary that Germany's Lutz Long helped black American Jesse Owens to defeat him in the long jump. Owens had fouled his first two attempts, and Lutz advised him to mark out his run-up again, even though the German was leading. Owens took the advice, qualified with his final jump and went on to win gold ahead of Lutz, who congratulated Owens and the pair walked arm-in-arm around the track to rapturous applause.

John LandyDuring the 1,500m final of the 1956 Australian Championships, Landy stopped racing to go back and check on fallen rival Ron Clarke. After Clarke was helped up he took off again, pursued by Landy, who reeled in a huge gap to win in the final few metres.