German soccer star Miroslav Klose didn't wait nearly as long to confess to his transgression in an Italian Serie A match Wednesday in Napoli, telling the referee that a goal he had just scored should be disallowed because he had touched the ball with his hand.
The sequence happened less than four minutes into a game between Klose's Lazio and Napoli after Klose inadvertently used his hand to redirect a corner kick into the net for a 1-0 lead.
Napoli players were livid that the call was missed and argued their point with referee Luca Banti. Klose, however, never tried to disguise the fact, immediately raising his arm to signal he had committed a foul. Banti missed that too, and though dismayed teammates tried to hold Klose back, the German national team star eventually pushed his way through the Napoli players to reach Banti and tell him the Napoli players were correct.
Banti then disallowed the goal, inspiring the Napoli players to openly congratulate Klose for his honesty.
"He deserves a prize," said Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro.
He didn't get one, though, with Napoli winning the game 3-0 behind Edinson Cavani's hat trick.