How rude was Brazil as Roy Keane has alleged? Brazil turned on the Samba style on the field as they destroyed South Korea 4-1 in the World Cup Round of 16. Four of Brazil’s goals came in the opening half of the game.
They turned it up on the field and off it, too. After Richarlison scored the third goal for the Selecao, Brazil coach Tite even joined in the celebrations.
On the other hand, Brazil’s dancing celebrations have generated many controversies, with ITV’s Roy Keane calling them “disrespectful.”
Martin Samuel and Roger Alton of Sportsmail debate if Brazil was within their rights or if they were indeed as disrespectful as Roy Keane claimed in light of this.
NO, THEY WEREN’T DISRESPECTFUL – MARTIN SAMUEL
Priorities come first. When Andrew Weatherall passed away, he was 56 years old. He was a legend, a true legend. All who knew or heard him play referred to him as The Guv’nor. So let’s end the nonsense that 61-year-old Tite is too elderly to partake in a dance on the sidelines.
Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire both appeared to benefit little from dancing. Half of the country’s nightclubs would go silent if all DJs over 30 were forced into retirement, including the majority of the best ones.
At Amnesia in Ibiza, Alfredo Fiorito is credited with creating sound revolutionizing dance music worldwide. He had just turned 40 by the time he did that. Putting dancing into perspective so.
You go, mate if Tite can move. What is he supposed to do? Sit in the back corner whining about Extinction Rebellion while sipping a packet of Woodbines and a half of light and bitter?
The remainder of it. The festivities in Brazil? Oh, please. They were genuinely inspiring, life-affirming material. Fantastic. One of the most incredible things I have ever witnessed at a football game. You know, it’s supposed to be a pleasant sport. It’s intended to amuse you.
ROGER ALTON: “YES, THEY WERE DISRESPECTFUL.”
Call me a grumpy old man or even a downer, but isn’t it time FIFA took action to stop these pointless goal celebrations?
Is it entirely ridiculous to demand that they occur on the field and only include the 11 members of the team that scored?
The Brazilians, who, in my opinion, are far too chuffed with themselves, danced with their manager well past the touchline on Monday night.
Next, what? A team running off to cook Roy Keane in a local cauldron or roast an impala on a spit as a sacrifice to the football gods?
Neymar was having fun with manager Tite on Monday, and if I were a South Korean, I would have been incredibly tempted to grab him by the collar, throw him into one of the 974 containers that make up Stadium 974 in Doha, and remind him that his job was to play football, not flaunt himself in front of a defeated opponent and probably all those fans of what they still like to refer to as the Beautiful Game.
If Brazil does the samba, perhaps Scotland should, if they ever qualify again and score a goal, perform the Gay Gordons; the Germans should don lederhosen and engage in merry thigh-slapping; the Austrians in a lovely Viennese waltz; and the Americans in some potent breakdancing.