I'll be the first one to tell you I don't like what this kid did. Partly because it's universally frowned upon to kick a ball into someone's face as hard as you can from less than a foot away, but mostly because it's my Patriotic duty to defend every single athlete that participates on behalf of this country. So this Bahraini (sp?) can go fuck himself for compromising the health of a fellow American, but I'll be damned if I won't acknowledge the undeniably impressive acting prowess he displayed immediately afterwards.
I don't exactly get a vote for the Academy Awards but I can recognize a professional thespian when I see one, and this kid's got all the makings of a future star in footy or film. Did you see him casually jog away while longingly starring off into the distance like he didn't just attempt to boot a soccer ball through an opponent's skull? It takes the highest level of discipline to continue whistling to yourself like you're taking a Sunday morning stroll while the entirety of a soccer team is rushing you from all angles. He never even broke character as the innocent guy that's been falsely accused. Even after he was forced to eat retaliatory turf he got up bewildered like he had no idea what all the commotion was about. Sure, that immediate lack of accountability following an unnecessary act of violence is probably common of most serial killers. However, his ability to perform under pressure should serve him well the next time someone just barely misses with a slide tackle and he needs an official to temporarily believe he fractured his fibula while tripping over a blade of grass.