I just find this unbearably sweet:

SMH – A victim – but one day a king

HIS coach said it wasn’t a penalty. His teammates insist it wasn’t a penalty. And more than 20,000 of his fans, watching the game live at Kaiserslautern or at one of the many Fanfest sites round Germany will always believe it wasn’t a penalty.

But almost 20 hours after his last-minute tackle effectively gifted yesterday’s game to Italy and ended Australia’s World Cup campaign, Lucas Neill remained inconsolable.


The Socceroos’ Dutch coach, Guus Hiddink… said Neill had cut a forlorn figure in the locker room after the game: “You always feel guilty if you have given away a penalty, but in his case, it was so bitter not having committed a foul. He was not totally out of control, but he was quiet and sitting in a corner.”

Poor guy!