How long do we think this guy has been waiting to throw that cleat? I guess I don't really know what constitutes an offense that's worthy of throwing a spiked piece of footwear at a member of the opposition. However, seeing as I have witnessed many knockdowns similar to that one and never witnessed someone cock back like a closer in the World Series and put a little mustard on their cleat-ball, I am going to have to assume that the reaction in question was unwarranted. Yet there wasn't even an ounce of hesitation in this guy's response. We shouldn't be upset with him for throwing his cleat, we should just be happy he missed his target. This incident was bound to happen sooner or later. No way this dude was ending his career without launching his shoe at an opponent. Probably been waiting several years to do it as a matter fact.
You realize how much anxiety he just ridded himself of? He looked cool as a cucumber two seconds later. Probably whispered "woo, I have always wanted to do that!" as he walked off the field and right into a multi-game suspension. Oh well, at least he can stop wondering what it would feel like to try to injure an unexpecting person with his Nike. As they say, you never know unless you try. No one was hurt and he got to accomplish a life long goal. That seems like a win-win situation to me. We should probably cut him a little slack on the punishment too, because all things considered, a soccer player throwing an non-aerodynamic object as hard as he can from 10-15 yards away doesn't stand to much of a chance of making contact. Put this man in the record books. Just as successful as Happy Gilmore trying to stab someone with his skate, yet nowhere near as dangerous.