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WDLM: An awful dive and Inverness Caledonian Thistle’s new mascot “Lionel Nessi”

We Don’t Like Mondays either, so we thought we’d feature two stories we feel will brighten up the start to your week.

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Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli and Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck have copped a lot of criticism of late for some terrible acts of diving. But the South Americans continue to lead the way in the dark art of conning referees.

This time, we head to Chile.

The score was 1-1 between Universidad de Concepcion and Colo Colo in the top flight of Chilean football with just minutes remaining.

Universidad de Concepcion’s Jean Meneses handily won the ball from his opponent in the penalty area. Instead of using his fantastic position to lay the ball off to a teammate to score a winner, he decided to produce one of the most outrageous dives you’ll ever see.

Unfortunately, the referee was conned and awarded Meneses’ side the penalty, which Fernando Manriquez duly converted to see his side victorious with a 2-1 win.

Ugh.


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In other news, Scotland’s Inverness Caledonian Thistle introduced a new mascot to lead the team as its costumed figurehead.

In photo which couldn’t be more Scottish if it tried, Caley Thistle’s new mascot, imaginatively named “Lionel Nessi,” was pictured alongside two cans of Irn Bru.

Inverness is of course only about 20 minutes away from Loch Ness, the home of the reputed “Loch Ness Monster.” And for those who don’t know, Lionel Messi is a rather talented footballer at Barcelona. IT’S A REALLY CLEVER PLAY ON WORDS, PEOPLE.

Nessi could well be a good luck charm for the Scottish side, who defeated Dumbarton in the Irn Bru-sponsored Scottish Challenge Cup final with an injury-time winner.

I don’t care what you say, no mascot will ever top Partick Thistle’s effort with “Wesley,” who has been featured in thousands of nightmares as Scottish children struggle for sleep.