Manchester United’s Robin van Persie is a man of principles.
Last season, when scoring on two occasions against his former club Arsenal, the Dutchman refused to celebrate out of ‘respect’ to his former fans, team-mates and manager.
Celebrating against former clubs has become something of a talking point in recent times.
There are those who are for it, who reckon scoring a goal should be celebrated as hard as possible – no matter who it is against.
Then there are those who believe it is a nice touch for players to refuse celebrating against a former club, who paid their wages and who the fans once adored.
I’m not particularly bothered either way, but what I am against is a player who condemns others for celebrating a goal against a former club like a footballing Mother Theresa, and then goes and does exactly the same thing.
Step forward Robin van Persie, who said of Emmanuel Adebayor’s infamous goal celebration for Manchester City against Arsenal in 2009: “I find that deeply disrespectful. He has shown a real lack of class today, to me and the fans.”
Nice to see Robin showing the respect that was missing in 2009 against Arsenal on Sunday wasn’t it?
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