How players make a point with their goal celebrations...
After Samuel Eto’o mocked his manager’s age jibe with his ‘old man’ celebration, we look at other pointed celebrations...
The build-up to England’s Euro 96 challenge was overshadowed as pictures of players on a drunken night out prior to the tournament hit the press. Some showed various players having drinks poured into their mouths while sitting on a “dentist’s chair”. When Gascoigne scored against Scotland, he lay down and beckoned teammates to mimic the pictures by squirting water into his mouth.
Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler ‘snorts cocaine’
As some Liverpool players enjoyed a night out in Portugal prior to a Champions League tie at Barcelona in 2007, a drunken argument got out of hand as Craig Bellamy later hit teammate John Arne Riise with a golf club. Remarkably, both players then scored as Liverpool won 2-1 in the Nou Camp and Bellamy celebrated by running to the corner flag and enacting a golf swing.
When Liverpool striker Fowler scored in the Merseyside derby against Everton in 1999, he ran to the touchline, dropped to his hands and knees and pretended to snort it. Manager Gerard Houllier claimed he was pretending to eat the grass, but really it was in response to the goading of Everton fans and various false rumours in the city about him abusing drugs.