5 controversial goal celebrations in football history

Robbie Fowler and the famous cocaine celebration | Ross Kinnaird / Getty Images

Whether for political reasons, for football rivalries or because they drew the attention of the whole world, these celebrations raised dust …

Serbia v Switzerland: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaSerbia v Switzerland: Group E - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Xherdan Shaqiri | MB Media / Getty Images

Granit Xhaka was born in Switzerland, but both of her parents are of Albanian descent. Ragip, her father, fled Kosovo during the Balkan war and was imprisoned for three years because of the Serbs, who were persecuting Kosovars, Croats and Bosnians in the former Yugoslavia. Shaqiri’s parents are originally from Albania and also suffered the consequences of the war.
It was for this reason that both celebrated by making the gesture of the Albanian double eagle, present on the country’s flag, in the match that Switzerland and Serbia played in the last World Cup in Russia.

Emmanuel AdebayorEmmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The Togolese did not like at all how Arsenal let him go and in his first game as a Manchester City player he converted him to his ex-club. His goal was in the goal opposite to where the fans were gunners, so Adebayor ran almost 100 meters just to celebrate the goal in front of them.

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Robbie Fowler | Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The legendary English striker turned Liverpool into a classic against Everton back in 1999 and celebrated by pretending to snort a line of cocaine in response to rival fans who charged him with his alleged addiction. The League punished Fowler with 4 suspension games.

Nicolas Anelka | IAN KINGTON/Getty Images

While in West Brom in 2013, the Frenchman celebrated a goal against West Ham by doing the “quenelle,” a gesture created by French comedian Dieudonn, known for his anti-Semitic remarks and Holocaust denial. Anelka assured that it was a gesture of support towards her friend and not a racist position.

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Paolo Di Canio | PAOLO COCCO / Getty Images

The controversial Italian striker left the field making the fascist salute in a classic against Roma. The Lazio fans, the club to which he belonged, were always linked to a far-right political sentiment to which Di Canio adheres 100%.

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