After Emmanuel Adebayor’s infamous celebration in front of the Arsenal fans a few weeks ago, we’ve had two very contrasting examples of the right way to celebrate after scoring a goal, especially against your old club. As the celebration becomes somewhat of an art form in football, the Michael Jackson moonwalk, the gymnastic somersault or the pulling off of the jersey and swinging it around in the air, sometimes little acknowledgement is more.
Last week against the club he almost single handedly kept afloat in the Premier League a few seasons ago, it was a dead cert Carlos Tevez would net himself a goal against the Hammers for the blue of Manchester City. He did so, and in remarkable response to the West Ham section in the crowd who cheered him all the way through, Tevez put his hands together in apologetic fashion almost saying sorry for scoring against his old club. He only went up a notch in the minds of the West Ham fans, despite being a key player in the 2-0 win there was a strong mutual respect. Each have moved on since their relegation survival but they both share the same adoration.
Coincidently, Manchester City were involved in a similar situation last night against Aston Villa. Where all eyes were on Gareth Barry who faced an extremely hostile Villa Park crowd, it was previous four-time Manchester City player of the year Richard Dunne who stood out but in the claret and blue of Villa. He rose up above Barry to bury a header from a corner, and walked away with little acknowledgement in respect to the City fans who adored him for so long.
Sometimes it’s important for fans to remember that if they treat a former player in the right way that it’ll turn out respectful in return.