YouTube sports charts: close encounter for female soccer ref

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Top female soccer ref Bibi Steinhaus laughed off an awkward moment as Hertha Berlin's Peter Niemeyer meant to give her a pat on the shoulder and tapped her breast instead, becoming the most watched sports video on YouTube for the week ending October 12.

The October 4 encounter between second division Hertha and Alemania Aachen was broadcast live on German TV's Sport 1, prompting one commentator to joke "I don't want to say it was the best part of the game - but it certainly was funny."

The shirt-pocket swipe showed that Niemeyer "just wanted to touch the yellow card" remarked another - lucky for him Bibi didn't see red.

Also in soccer, there are two goals from a distance: Pirlo's pearler in the Italian Serie A, and Will Van Noppen's goal straight from kick-off in the USA's NCAA Division III.

There's not such good news as celebrities and fans of Liverpool FC implore co-owner Tom Hicks to sell the blighted club, and Dutch midfielder De Jong takes out French whizz Ben Arfa during an English Premiership match.

In other sports, Kaspars Daugavins of the Hamilton Bulldogs ice hockey team of Hamilton, Canada (who play in the American Hockey League or AHL) scores with a flashy shootout trick; star basketballer Kobe Bryant is asked if he could beat LeBron in a 1-on-1; the Commonwealth Games get off to a good start; and, according to YouTube stats, men aged 25-54 watch a young fitness instructor strain unnecessarily throughout a workout warmup.

YouTube's most watched sports videos of the week:

1) Boob-swipe on referee Bibiana Steinhaus - 5,397,205 total views
2) Pirlo incredible goal vs Parma 0-1 AC Milan HD - 2,591,236 total views
3) Hamilton Bulldogs vs Binghamton Senators - 1,599,212 total views
4) Clark kickoff goal vs Wheaton - Oct, 2010 - 850,311 total views
5) Kobe Bryant says he'd beat Lebron James in a 1 on 1 - 771,599 total views
6) HD Andrea Pirlo amazing goal - AC Milan vs Parma 1-0 - 1,046,605 total views
7) Dear Mr Hicks - 638,991 total views
8) Real hot workout - 620,039 total views
9) Commonwealth Games 2010 Opening Ceremony - 713,816 total views
10) De Jong's double leg break on Ben Arfa - 464,754 total views (now removed - duplicates available under search terms " Ben Arfa De Jong")

Data collected October 12.