On the wake of Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s teasing gesture against Tottenham fans during the FA cup clash (yesterday) , it’s a nice time to find out the Top Four most controversial gestures ever seen in the football history.
After finding the net, footballers have different ways to express their positive emotions. While some prefer dedicating their goals, others celebrate them with their teammates. Nevertheless, some players have less common gestures, which not always are proper and should be shown. Now, straight to the list,
After leaving the Gunners for the Citizen side in a $25 million move in 2009, during a match between both clubs the Togo international raised controversy after scoring a goal. Instead of celebrating the goal with his own fans, the forward preferred to sprint the full length of the pitch to finally provocatively slide on his knees in front of his ex-club supporters, which obviously were not very happy with this fact and reacted throwing chairs along with other items at Adebayor who eventually was given a yellow card by the referee.
One of the most controversial players, Paul Gascoigne had made a fatal error while choosing a celebration during the Old Firm. The former English international imitated playing a flute in front of the Celtic fans, what is an instrument associated with Loyalism, while Celtic is a Catholic club. Gascoigne stated he was not related with the meaning of this gesture and apologized for his actions.
There had been many ‘Nazi salute‘ cases, including current Sunderland manager and former professional footballer Paulo di Canio. Not long ago, back in March 2013, a 20-year-old Greek forward playing for AEK Athens celebrated his goal by showing the Nazi salute. Apparently Katidis claimed he had not known what the gesture meant.
During the Merseyside derby, Robbie Fowler had a personal message for the Toffees. Ahead of the game Everton supporters suggested that the Reds‘ star had taken drugs, however Fowler responded by scoring two goals which were celebrated by mimicking snorting cocaine from one of the white lines on the Anfield pitch. The Englishman received a £32,000 fine and a four-match ban for the controversial gesture.
1. Paulo Diogo [Servette FC] vs FC Schaffhausen
The Swiss midfielder, did not score the actual go, however set up a goal for his teammate. Diogo ran in euphoria ran over to the fans, jumping on the metal perimeter fence separating the fans from the pitch. Miserably his wedding ring got stuck in the barrier and Diogo, not aware of the danger jumped back off the fence and got his finger torn off along with the ring. Surprisingly the midfielder got booked for excessive time-wasting with his “celebrations”.
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