Unsportsmanlike conduct

general offense in sports competition

Unsportsmanlike conduct (or unsporting behaviour, or ungentlemanly conduct) describes a kind of action by professional sportspeople. It is when a player or team acts during the game in a way that is not professional or is offensive. It is different to cheating or breaking the rules.[1] Unsportsmanlike conduct is something most players and fans dislike. The official rules of many sports include a rule so that a referee can call unsportsmanlike conduct on a team or player. There may be a fine or penalty.[2]


  1. "NFL Official Signals". National Football League. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  2. "NFL Football Operations | NFL Football Operations". operations.nfl.com. Retrieved 2023-04-15.