Giorgio Chiellini is known for his underhand tactics, but the LAFC defender arguably outdid himself on Saturday after producing one of the most blatant deliberate handballs ever seen, only to avoid a red card.
Having misjudged the bounce of the ball, Chiellini opted to produce a move more akin to a volleyball player to stop Real Salt Lake launching a counterattack in their MLS clash.
Surely a sending off, no? Not according to the referee, who merely showed a yellow card to the veteran centre-back
Watch Chiellini playing volleyball!
"He basically played volleyball there!" 😮— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) August 7, 2022
Interesting defending from Giorgio Chiellini here 😅 pic.twitter.com/YyaBJpJbXY
Chiellini is part of a star-studded LAFC side that tops the MLS Western Conference heading into the final weeks of the regular season.
They are now six points clear after their 4-1 win on Saturday that also saw Gareth Bale score his second goal for the club with a stunning solo strike.