Picture this: Enner Valencia and the weirdest sporting injury fakers

Everton loanee Enner Valencia seemingly 'evaded police' by appearing to fake an injury during an Ecuador match. Here, Yahoo Sport UK takes a look at other examples of sports stars leaving the field or feigning problems for unusual reasons.

Paul Pierce

Paul Pierce became infamous in the basketball world after being taken off in a wheelchair during Bston Celtics' clash with the LA Lakers in 2008 before making a remarkable re-emergence from the backstage area to rejoin the game refreshed.

Enner Valencia

Enner Valencia seemed to fake an injury while playing for Ecuador to flee from police amid a row over unpaid child maintenance in October 2016.


Rivaldo was fined for play-acting at the 2002 World Cup while trying to waste time in a group game against Turkey.

Roberto Rojas

El escándalo del "bengalazo" (@Guioteca)

Tom Williams

Tom Williams was banned for a year for using blood capsules to fake a mouth injury during the Heineken Cup Quarter Final match between Harlequins and Leinster in 2009.


Dida pretended he was badly hurt after being brushed on the face by a pitch invader during Milan's 2-1 defeat at Celtic in 2007 and was carried off. He was hit with a ban by UEFA.

Derek Jeter

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was examined by the team trainer after he was allegedly hit by a pitch during the game against the Tampa Bay Rays in 2010. It allowed him to make first base.


Victoria Azarenka called for medical treatment at the Australian Open semi-finals in 2013 and admitted on court it was because she was feeling "overwhelmed" before later claiming it was due to a rib injury.

Steven Taylor

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor claimed he was struck in the chest by a shot during a match with Aston Villa in 2005. He was trying to avoid giving away a penalty for handball but the referee saw through it and red carded the player.

Hossam Ghaly

According to Egyptian media, Hossam Ghaly couldn't handle his country being thrashed by Argentina at the U20 World Cup in 2001 and he asked to be substituted midway through the clash.

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