Goal celebration, a joke !

A couple of incidents over this weekend, have prompted myself to take a look at goal celebrations. On Sunday I went along to see Celtic take on Aberdeen, the Dons were 1-0 down when out of the blue Ryan Jack skipped past four Celtic players and rifled his shot, bottom right hand corner, terrific goal. He instantly headed for the Aberdonian fans who had made the long journey from up north and celebrated along with his team mates, directly in front of them. The referee dampened the goal celebration as he booked the goalscorer.
On Sunday evening I watched Man City’s demolition of the champions. Balotellis opening goal was an absolute peach, when he caressed the ball with the inside of his foot from 20 yards into the bottom left hand corner. In celebration he lifted his shirt to expose a slogan saying ‘Why always me’. Instantly he received a yellow card.
As a former striker myself, I loved nothing better than sticking the ball into the back of the opponents net, whether it was a tap in,hit my backside or a long range shot, every goal was of paramount importance, I loved scoring, the adrenalin rush was second to none. In fact my goal celebration when I played at Ayresome Park for Middlesbrough would have earned me plenty of yellow cards. I mounted the holgate end fence to celebrate with the home fans. Surely scoring goals and celebrating is what football is all about, shouldn’t it be classed as entertainment?
The two cards shown to Jack Ryan and Balotelli were absolutely ridiculous. One of the best goal celebrations I have ever witnessed was Italian Fabrizio Ravanelli while at Middlesbrough, the White Feather would lift his shirt over his head after every goal. Moments like that live in the memory, he wouldn’t get away with it today.
Over the years there has been rules saying, while it is permissible for a player to demonstrate his joy when a goal has been scored, the celebration must not be excessive. Then rules saying, undershirts must not have any political, religious or personal statements.
I remember Lincoln City striker Gavin McCaalum scoring against Bradford City and as he lifted his shirt the words read ‘ This one is for you Dad’ sadly his father had passed away. I recall Liverpools Robbie Fowler scoring and lifting his shirt to expose a slogan saying ‘ Support the dockers.’ Why shouldn’t the team support the local industry. Recently Middlesbrough players wore ‘ Save our steel’ t shirts, how can that be seen as offensive?
In 2005 Liverpool players and fans wore t shirts of support which read ‘ Free Michael now’. A lad called Michael Shields, a Liverpool fan had been sentenced for ten years for attempted murder of a Bulgarian waiter. If it was your son wouldn’t you want the support of your local club? Down the line Michael was freed.
We have had players like Kaka exposing undergarments saying ‘ I belong to Jesus’. In fact going with the FIFA rules, when Brazil won the World Cup, every player who exposed a religious slogan should have got a fine.
Evertons Pinnear lifted his shirt it read ‘ God is great’, personally I don’t find any of the aforementioned offensive, but that doesn’t mean I support every goal celebration, antic and slogan. I was against Liverpools Robbie Fowler back in 1999, when he scored against Everton and pretended to snort the goal line as if it was cocaine.I also took offence to Rangers Paul Gascoigne, who almost caused a riot when he pretended to play the flute in front of the Celtic fans after scoring a goal.And I certainly wouldn’t support Paulo Di Cannios celebrating back in 2001, when he scored for Lazio in a Rome derby and appeared to make a fascist salute. Aderbayor when scoring for Man City and running the length of the pitch to gloat in front of the Arsenal fans was ludicrous, Man Utd Gary Neville did something similar against Liverpool.
In the main goal celebrations should be embraced and encouraged, within reason of course. It is just a pity that the guys in suits that make the rules, have never scored a goal and probably never will, so they never understand the adrenalin rush and what it’s like to put the ball in the back of the net.
What’s the next rule, stopping players from making the sign of the cross?

6 Responses to “Goal celebration, a joke !”

  1. PeterSwallow says:

    Its about safety bernie and safety should be the first consideration.

    When a person runs to the crowd you get a huge surge of people going towards them, this was alright in the days of standing but now in seated areas its dangerous. People could go over chairs and fall down rows and seriously hurt themselves.

    And what about sensible people who dont rush forward, or simply those who cant such as the old, disabled, or the young. They would get trampled.

    Just because you can put the ball into the back of the net doesnt mean you have the right to endanger someone. God knows how many times you did your celebration Bernie(you were before my time sorry), if one person gets hurt it hasnt been worth it.

    Finally Balotelli’s celebration was fine, it was funny and didnt upset anyone. But I disagree with any kind of religious statement on the pitch, whether it be someone doing the sign of the cross, or Demba Ba praying after a goal. This is a sporting event not a goddamn church/temple/mosque

  2. Norman Cater says:

    Peter what a miserable life you must live, have you never as a youngster climbed a tree, played conkers and the like. Why are there so many risk assesment nerds about, i am a OAP with dodgy knees and i say let them celibrate, you know the fans like it. Todays youngsters are becoming over protected little monsters thanks to the likes of you.

  3. Absolutely Bernie……the both celebrations were about showing passion, Ryan Jack scored his first goal in a Dons shirt after a Messi like run and finish then ran to celebrate in front of the travelling away fans…….Peter this does not mean that every fan creates a “huge surge” it’s the fans choice to do that, if that’s what exactly happened. This can happen at any point in the game without that, a poor refereeing decision ??? a bad tackle on one of your team’s players ??? these can create surges also but will they ever be taken away from the game ??? No……..Finally religion…..each to their own I say, yes it is a sport but this is a job to the players too, their living, if they have a belief and they think that they should thank whoever they believe in for giving them the talent and ability to play the game to the highest level then why not !!!

  4. bernieslaven says:

    Peter I totally. Agree safety 1st , but in this world of political correctness it’s gone absolutley overboard , fans can’t shout , fans can’t stand , fans can’t wave a flag unless it’s fireproof , fans can’t sleep or they get arrested ! Is there any wonder crowds are falling? If they ban celebrations , we may as well turn our interest to strictly come dancing.

  5. bernieslaven says:

    Hi Norman , I don’t know if peters got a miserable life or not , but he’s got an opinion , but your right there’s to many assessment nerds about . To many chiefs not enough Indians , to many hitlers . If they want to protect the fans , I would suggest they remove all the plastic seats in stadiums I’m sure they would instantly go on fire and I’m sure the fumes would kill you ! Oh I forgot it would cost millions to do that , ofcourse it’s easy to put a fire ban on £5 flags

  6. bernieslaven says:

    Hi Colin, your dead right , anything can cause a surge , bad ref decision , stewards throwing a fan out , bad tackle , the list is endless , regarding religion if a player has got his beliefs why should we stop that . The biggest joke in recent years was the lady who worked in the airport and was told to remove her cross , yet we’ve got people walking about in burkas ! Political correctness is bullshit . Remember we had a local airport called teeside, now it’s Durham tees valley ! Tosh . It’s about time people started to rebel , instead of all becoming sychophants !

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