Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 8/11/13
When his opponent was acting like a child, Gary Roberts‘ had two choices: he could either be the grown-up or respond in kind. He chose the latter. Roberts, a 29-year-old English soccer player, pulled down his opponent’s shorts during a League Two (English fourth division) game Saturday. Astonishingly, the referee did not punish Roberts for the schoolyard prank — even though he was standing just feet away when it happened. Roberts’ victim was Russell Penn, and the Cheltenham Town midfielder might have had it coming. As Roberts was preparing to take a free kick, Penn urged the referee to order Roberts take it from another spot. The armchair referee then went as far as to kick the ball away from the spot Roberts had chosen. You can’t really blame the Chesterfield winger for lashing out at Penn. Roberts laughed last and laughed hardest. He scored in his team’s 2-0 win. Watch Roberts pull the classic prank in the video below. Have a question for Marcus Kwesi O’Mard? Send it to him via Twitter at @NESNsoccer or @mkomard, his Facebook page or NESN Soccer’s Facebook page or send it here. He will pick a few questions to answer every week for his mailbag. Filed under: Headlines, Marcus Kwesi O'Mard, Offbeat, Premier League, Soccer, YouTube

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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