forward Alecko Eskandarian (above) celebrated a recent goal against the New
York Red Bulls--who were just bought and renamed by the energy-drink
company--by taking a sip from a can of Red Bull and spitting it to the turf.
The stunt, which cost Eskandarian a $250 fine, was brash, but not nearly as
controversial as these celebrations:
Upset at sitting out the first 80 minutes of a game for Germany's Hannover 96,
Clint Mathis taps his wrist after scoring a goal (above)--implying he wants to
know why coach Ewald Lienen took so long to put him in. Mathis plays only one
more game for Hannover before being sold to MLS.
Brazilian striker Nu�es is fined $5,300 for inciting a riot by imitating a pig.
After finding the net against Palmeiras--whose fans adopted a swine as their
unofficial mascot--Nu�es drops to all fours and makes pig faces. Palmeiras
fans, whipped into a frenzy by his porcine antics, storm the pitch.
NOVEMBER 2001 As
he lay on his back after scoring, Seville's Jos� Antonio Reyes feels what he
later describes as "a bit of a pinch" in a place you don't want to feel
any kind of pinch. Turns out teammate Francisco Gallardo had leaned down and,
out of sheer joy, bitten one of Reyes's testicles. Gallardo faces a
disciplinary hearing but escapes a fine. Club director Monchi Rodriguez later
defends the celebration, saying it "was neither terrible nor public. It
happened in a private place." Touch�.
Edmilson, a striker for Brazilian team Atletico Mineiro, celebrates a goal
against archrival America, a team known as the Rabbits, by pulling a carrot out
of his shorts and eating it. He wasn't punished by the ref, but later in the
game he is felled by a brutal cheap shot from an America player. When asked how
the veggie, which had been stewing in his sweaty britches for half an hour,
tasted, Edmilson says, "Did I find it revolting to eat? Of course not. I
don't find my own body revolting."
Liverpool's Robbie Fowler mocks Everton fans--who had been taunting the striker
about rumors of drug use--by pretending to snort a goal line off the field
(above). He receives $100,000 in fines.
JULY 1995 Paul
Gascoigne celebrates a goal for Rangers of Glasgow by pretending to play the
flute (left), a pro-Protestant symbol. Shortly thereafter, a fan of Celtic (a
Glasgow team with a strong Catholic fan base) pulls up next to him in a car and
threatens to slash his throat.