Nothing went the way of Dimitri Payet and Marseille in Wednesday’s Europa League final and some eagle-eyed fans believe they know the reason why.
Two goals from Antoine Griezmann and a strike from Gabi saw the Spanish side run out 3-0 winners in Lyon with Payet forced to leave the pitch in tears on the 30-minute mark after picking up a thigh injury.
And some observant supporters have pointed to the Frenchman’s decision to ignore a footballing superstition as the cause of his night of misery.
Dimitri Payet touches the trophy prior to Wednesday’s Europa League final in Lyon
Marseille midfielder Payet leaves the pitch in tears as he is substituted off due to injury
As both sets of players made their way onto the pitch before kick-off Payet couldn’t resist a chance to reach out and touch the trophy.
Placing your hands on a piece of silverware before a final has long been viewed as bad luck in the world of football and professional sport.
Famously, Genaro Gattuso did the same at half-time when AC Milan were beating Liverpool 3-0 in the 2005 Champions League final. The Reds then pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of all time.
Naturally fans took to social media after seeing the images on their television screens, pointing out that this rarely ends well.
Payet lies in tears on the pitch as he realises his evening in the Europa League final is over
Payet’s hopes of playing in the World Cup are now in doubt after limping off the field on Wednesday night.
The former West Ham United midfielder was a key figure in France’s run to the Euro 2016 final, although he has not featured for the national team since a 2-1 win over Belarus on October 10.
The 30-year-old had made a strong bid for a recall by coach Didier Deschamps with an impressive campaign which has seen him contribute 10 goals and 24 assists in 47 appearances in all competitions.
The former West Ham midfielder cries again as Atletico Madrid lift the trophy in front of him