Anyone that knows me will tell you that I’m all for goal celebrations; usually the wackier the better. I don’t really buy into the whole “act like you’ve done it before” routine where a player barely acknowledged that anything of note has occurred. In fact, I find that more than a bit pretentious.
I don’t care who you are, scoring a goal is a rarity in football and NOT celebrating it is simply unnatural. I mean, it’s a wonderful moment; and suppressing your happiness and passion during that moment is odd to me.
Obviously there are always exceptions. For instance, if your team is down by 5 when you score, you probably shouldn’t get too excited.
Also some minimum level of class should be observed. Something that was decidedly lacking from one of the matches I watched last weekend.
After scoring his team’s second goal against Tecos this Saturday, Chivas forward Marco Fabian decided to celebrate by acting out the execution of a teammate.
Given the challenges Mexico is presently suffering through regarding drug cartel-related violence, this was not a particularly wise choice. Gun control and murders are very real problems in that part of the world, so making such a display (on a stage that many Mexicans must view as an escape from their troubles) is both sad and insensitive.
Fabian is an incredibly talented footballer (he went on to score a hat-trick in Saturday’s game) with a considerable following; many of whom are young, impressionable footballers that would love to follow in his footsteps. While watching this farce, I couldn’t help but think what kind of message it was sending to them.
I’m sure Fabian didn’t mean to be cruel (he has made a formal apology since the incident) but it’s sad to see a player of such quality demeaning himself this way.
Be passionate. Be happy. Express yourself. CELEBRATE…But be smart about it.