At a time when acting has become a dark art widely used by soccer players to mislead referees, genuine reactions to certain incidents are always welcome by soccer fans. We’ve seen players roll on the ground multiple times, seemingly in excruciating pain, even with the slightest touch. However, a video of Crystal Palace’s Michael Olise’s brave reaction to being hit on the head by a bottle thrown from the Millwall crowd during an FA Cup match is going viral.
While taking a corner, Olise was hit on the head by a bottle thrown from the stands. The player then proceeded to kick the bottle off the field and signaled for Millwall to keep coming back.
His reaction to the entire incident has gone viral on social media:
Aside from his audacious stance against opposition fans, Olise was just as brilliant in the game.
Crystal Palace came back to beat Millwall 2-1 in the South London derby. The game was also marred by boos from home fans as the Eagles knelt before kickoff.
“We as a football club are against any kind of discrimination and of course this is not something we want to see on the pitch,” Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira said.
Benik Afobe had given Millwall the lead in the 17th minute, but after the break Crystal Palace shot out.
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Olise scored the tying goal with a surprising goal in the 46th minute and continued to provide an assist to teammate Jean-Philippe Mateta in the 58th minute as Palace took a 2-1 lead.
They held out until the end to reserve their place in the next round of the FA Cup.