RIO DE JANEIRO: A Brazilian player has been fined the equivalent of over US$5,000 for a goal celebration in which he imitated a pig.
Santo Andre striker Nunes got down on all fours and pulled pig-like faces in front of rival Palmeiras fans, who have adopted the animal as their unofficial symbol, after scoring a late equaliser in the final of the Sao Paulo Juniors’ Cup at the weekend. Shortly afterwards, furious Palmeiras fans broke down fencing, invaded the pitch and fought with police after seeing their team beaten in a penalty shootout following the 2-2 draw.
“The fine was not for the celebration in itself but for an action which provoked the supporters,” said Carlos Lima, spokesman for the Paulista Football Federation (FPF) that organise the annual tournament between the youth teams of Brazil’s leading clubs.
“The Palmeiras supporters were already angry at seeing their team throw the game away and then had a player offending them.”
Lima said Nunes was fined Real 20,000 (US$5,491), a fortune for a teenage apprentice player, but the club are expected to foot the bill. – Reuters.