Paulo Diogo

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Paulo Diogo
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Personal information
Full name Paulo da Cruz Diogo
Date of birth (1975-04-21) 21 April 1975 (age 42)
Place of birth Crissier, Switzerland
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1994–1999 Lausanne Sports 93 (3)
1997–1998 Yverdon Sport (loan) 33 (10)
2000–2004 Servette FC 118 (7)
2001–2002 Grenoble Foot 38 (loan) 26 (2)
2005 FC Sion 8 (0)
2006–2008 FC Schaffhausen 85 (6)
2008–2009 Lausanne Sports 14 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 May 2008.

Paulo da Cruz Diogo (born 21 April 1975) is a retired Swiss professional footballer of Portuguese descent. He played almost his entire professional career in the Swiss first division.


On 5 December 2004, playing for Servette FC in an away game against FC Schaffhausen, Diogo set up a goal for Jean Beausejour in the 87th minute of the game. By way of celebration, he jumped up on the metal perimeter fence separating the fans from the pitch. Unnoticed by him, his wedding ring caught in the barrier (Diogo had married not long before). As he jumped off the fence, much of his finger tore off along with the ring.[1]

To add insult to injury, referee Florian Etter then penalized him with a yellow card for excessive time-wasting with his "celebrations". In fact, the match stewards were searching for his finger. Later that night, Diogo was taken to a Zürich hospital, but the doctors failed to re-attach the severed part of the finger and advised that the remaining part of his finger be amputated to the first joint. He has continued to play football since the accident. The event generated international commotion, and served as a warning of the danger of hanging on places or objects while using any type of ring, such as the wedding ring.

After being released by Sion, he signed for FC Schaffhausen on 28 January 2006.


  1. ^ Top 10 Dumbest Sports Injuries

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