Peñarol Goalkeeper Kevin Dawson Invites Fan With Down Syndrome To Take Penalty After Game

Peñarol goalkeeper Kevin Dawson (best name ever for a bloke from Uruguay) had just finished playing in a 1-0 win over his former club Plaza Colonia but immediately found time to let an opposition fan with down syndrome take a penalty past him.

With the players still on the pitch and fans still in their seats, Dawson and Lucas, the Plaza fan, made their way to the goal, with the 27-year old taking his place between the sticks and the rival supporter placing the ball on the spot.

And the fan then promptly thumped his spot-kick into the top corner with his left foot. Dawson dived for it but couldn't keep it out. The lad wheeled away in celebration and experienced a feeling he will never, ever forget.

A truly wonderful gesture from Dawson. It's not the first brilliant story involving him and a fan, however.

Just under a year ago, Penarol brought the wrong-coloured goalkeeper shirt for first-choice goalkeeper. The error meant the officials were deliberating on whether the game could be played because of the kit clash.

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It's a story that you'd expect to hear in Non-League, rather than top-flight football but an incredible solution was found.

Staff from Penarol noticed that in the away end was a fan wearing an exact replica of the goalkeeper shirt they were supposed to bring.

The bloke even had the No.1 and Dawson's number on the back - so after a member of the Penarol camp trotted over to him in the stands, he was escorted down to the bottom.

The camera pans away and the next thing we see is him coming back up to meet his mates, without his shirt but with an official Penarol coat on instead.

Dawson, wearing the fan's shirt, kept a clean sheet in his side's 1-0 - giving us a truly incredible football story.

Josh Lawless

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