Alexis Sanchez was in the wars on Wednesday night as Arsenal scraped their way past Leicester at the Emirates Stadium.
The Chilean was involved in a late fracas with Leicester's Christian Fuchs, as the visiting player attempted several times to take a throw in while Sanchez blocked his path.
As if Sanchez hadn't taken enough fire for the evening, he was then roundly assailed by fans on social media for his reaction.
Having flinched from the contact, the forward then turned and appeared to check if the referee was looking, before collapsing to the turf and holding his face.
HAHAHA Sanchez. pic.twitter.com/fTsMxyUPG4
— EmanDaGoon (@EmanDaGoonn) April 26, 2017
The ball appeared to catch the Arsenal man on his shoulder, but whatever the case may be he was booked for his actions.
Feliz por la victoria pero termine con el labio hinchado ����happy for the victory but ended up with a swollen lip ��������⚽️ pic.twitter.com/0y301Ztnp9
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) April 26, 2017
There's possibility that ball hit a nerve on his shoulder which then sent message to brain....to act like a pudding. https://t.co/SkuA6tXk1v
— Gabby Logan (@GabbyLogan) April 26, 2017
What can you say about Sanchez that hasnt already been said ��
— Luke (@Luke_rudz_) April 26, 2017
The 'delayed-fall-and-face-clutch' routine was reminiscent of that employed by Brazilian star Rivaldo in the 2002 World Cup semi-final against Turkey.
On that occasion, far from receiving the same punishment as Sanchez, Rivaldo managed to get his opponent sent off – despite only having had the ball kicked against his thigh.
Just seen the Sanchez 'Rivaldo' moment. Absolutely pathetic. Embarrassing.
— John Harrison (@Purfleetjohn) April 26, 2017
— Mark (@Sparky_2266) April 26, 2017
Arsenal moved back up to sixth in the Premier League with their 1-0 win, as they look to keep alive their hopes of finishing in the top four.