What you are watching, in the nine-second video, above, is Lee Mansell kissing JJ O’Donnell. Twice.
Mansell is a soccerball player for Bristol Rovers in the Conference Premier (the fifth tier in England). In a 3-2 win over Gateshead, Mansell scored an equalizer and then touched noses with O’Donnell. They end up smooching, twice, and Mansell got a yellow.
We’ll let Mansell take it from here, via the Beeb:
“We either clash heads and he goes down or I end up doing something silly. I did it to defuse the situation. It’s the first time I’ve been booked for kissing someone.”
He continued: “I got in the car to go home and saw Twitter had lit up and my missus said: ‘What the hell were you thinking?’ But we had a laugh and a joke about it with the lads afterwards. It’s another thing to add to the list of daft things I’ve done on the football pitch.”
A couple observations.
- I like the idea that someone asked him if this is the first time he’s ever kissed someone in a soccer game before, and, if not, if he got booked then as well.
- Note that he joked about it “with the lads” after, not his wife. Presumably she’s still miffed he was smooching other people.
- I’d probably read a list of other daft things Mansell has done on the field, if you’ve got one handy.
- Watch the video again. O’Donnell holds his nose, then fans his hand in front of his face. Mansell might want to ask for some breath mints for Christmas.