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Not fair, generous, or sportsmanlike:‘the unsporting behaviour of some of the crowd’
deceitful, underhanded, dishonest, dishonourable, disreputable, unethical, unprincipled, immoral, unscrupulous, fraudulent, cheating, dubious, dirty, unfair, treacherous, duplicitous, double-dealing, below the belt, two-timing, two-faced, janus-faced, unsporting, unsportsmanlikeView synonyms
- ‘Any criticism that Northern Ireland employed unsporting tactics in the game is well wide of the mark.’
- ‘It appears that Croke Park wants to stamp out this unsporting behaviour that has long been part of the professional soccer game.’
- ‘He also vented his anger at their opponents for their unsporting antics during the game and yesterday he even suggested that their euphoria will now be replaced by shame.’
- ‘Victory through unsporting competition, he presumed, was preferable to no victory at all.’
- ‘He said the protest should not be perceived as the cry of bad losers but as a legitimate move to bring sanity to the game by discouraging unsporting behaviour.’
- ‘Donie Brennan did have a chance to equalise but his effort from an acute free went wide off the far post, as the game became niggly and unsporting.’
- ‘When in 1949 a New Zealander called Brunton Smith flung himself full-length to prevent a Yorkshire boundary, the Bramall Lane crowd booed his unsporting behaviour.’
- ‘McLeish had once been similarly accused of unsporting play in a match against Argentina in 1989, he happily remembered.’
- ‘When Celtic slammed Porto's unsporting behaviour in the UEFA Cup final, they omitted to mention that it was irrelevant to the outcome.’
- ‘The type of unsporting behaviour he showed was ridiculous really but thankfully Beckham rose above it.’
- ‘There, in 1999 the Americans were guilty of some of the most outrageously uncouth and unsporting behaviour ever displayed in a sporting arena.’
- ‘The Polish Hockey Association secretary also came into the field and accused the Pakistanis of unsporting behaviour.’
- ‘Blake seemed to make the most of it and, surprisingly, he was not even cautioned for his unsporting behaviour.’
- ‘Referees - I am led to believe - are appointed to oversee fair play, punish offenders and prevent unsporting conduct.’
- ‘Vienna coach Joachim Loew was stunned by the incident and spluttered: ‘It was unfair, unsporting.’’
- ‘He never gave less than one hundred per cent, and while he had the physical capacity to take very good care of himself whatever the situation, I never knew him to engage in untoward or unsporting tactics.’
- ‘What unsporting behaviour from these 2 players Pargat and Baljeet, who between them have been the the past 3 Olympic hockey captains of India.’
- ‘In one of the biggest sporting events in the world and with the eyes of the globe upon him, a clever man would have realised that any unsporting acts are going to be spotted, discussed and punished.’
- ‘And every time the tournaments comes around, we get re-introduced to the horrible unsporting injustice of the penalty shoot-out.’
- ‘In the end it was the saliva and not the foul that landed Totti in his current predicament: a three-match ban for gross unsporting conduct.’
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