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Costa red card for goal celebration. Why is FIFA trying to stifle emotions?

Discussion in 'Spanish League' started by Real Tosin, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Real Tosin

    Real Tosin Member

    Costa return to Atletico Madrid and gave them a superb costar package but got a red card for celebrating and I'm asking my self when will this rule be reviewed?

    Upon his La Liga return, 29-year-old Diego Costa received just the second red card of his league career barely more than an hour into his return to the Spanish capital. Considered as a huge bitter sweet experience. At the start of the second half, Diego Costa was booked for a stray elbow on Djene Dakonam and minutes later he was shown second yellow card by referee Jose Munuera after Costa jumped into stands to celebrate goal.

    Costa came in as a substitute in a midweek Copa del Rey last-16 first-leg clash against Lleida Esportiu and scored the goal that made it 4-0 to Simeone's side. His two appearances for Atletico this season have resulted in two goals, two yellow cards and one red card.

    Reacting to the situation Diego Simeone said: "The referee cannot think about the emotional part - he is there to follow the rules. After being six months out he scores a goal and wants to celebrate with the fans, but if you do that, the yellow is deserved. We must accept that.

    "Diego brings us intensity, directness, more strength in attack, and above all he transmits fear. You can feel that and see that."

    Spanish FA's Competition Committee confirmed Diego Costa's red card. Costa will serve a game suspension against Eibar, he also received a fine of 600 euros, while his club received one of 350 euros. All for celebrating a goal?

    FIFA rule on goal celebration
    A player must be cautioned if:

    • In the opinion of the referee, he makes gestures which are provocative, derisory or inflammatory.
    • He climbs on to a perimeter fence to celebrate a goal being scored.
    • He removes his shirt or covers his head with his shirt.
    • He covers his head or face with a mask or other similar item.
    • Leaving the field of play to celebrate a goal is not a cautionable offence in itself but it is essential that players return to the field of play as soon as possible.
    • Referees are expected to act in a preventative manner and to exercise common sense in dealing with the celebration of a goal.

    It's believed that FIFA frowns against players showing their naked body all in the name of celebrating a goal, but what about those who wear another shirt beneath the one removed? More also players are allowed to exchange shirts after the final whistle, and even at half-time showing their naked body in the process.

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    Probably they are trying to punish time wasting, well how does that explain when a player in the case of Diego Costa scores a goal after returning to his former club, run to his fans to celebrate without removing his shirt and the referee knowing that he already had a yellow card went ahead and gave him a second yellow card.

    Same thing happened in the case of Raheem Sterling who scored a goal in a very crucial moments and also got a red card for celebrating. Who get a red card for that? This brings to mind, why is FIFA trying to stifle emotions? Players have to be emotional.

    Costa didn't jump into the opposing fans to spite them unlike Emmanuel Adebayor who ran 100 meters to spite Arsenal fans. FIFA should look into the situation. It's unnatural to suppress emotional.

    What do you think about FIFA's stand on goal celebration? Have a say, drop your comments below.
  2. sport maestro

    sport maestro Active Member

    Seriously, FIFA need to go back on some of his rules. Costa deserves the card shown him because rule is rule, but some of the rules are not needed.
  3. I really support the rules becos in the rules of the game,there is player equipment's and football on the field of play is played with jerseys' on and it's an offensive gesture to remove your jersey in game on.
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  4. realsporting

    realsporting Administrator Staff Member

    What of the case of Diego Costa who did not put off his cloth but only jumped into the crowd to celebrate his goal? Some times it can be very difficult to control emotions considering the circumstances surrounding Diego Costa return to Atletico Madrid
  5. I don't think players should get away with pulling their shirt during celebrations, but celebrating with your fans??? I don't understand.

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