Video: Former King’s Lynn and Norwich Academy player Dom Dwyer’s goal celebration selfie lands him a yellow card
09:14 08 July 2014
Sporting Kansas City player Dom Dwyer took goal celebrations to the next level when he savoured the moment with a selfie.
-Argentinian striker Carlos Tevez was sent off the pitch while playing for Boca Juniors against River Plate in 2003 for imitating a chicken following a goal. This was a reference to Boca using “chickens” as a derogatory term for their rivals.
-In 1998 Temuri Ketsbaia scored for Newcastle against Bolton and then began kicking an advertising board in protest of his position as substitute.
-Neymar received a second yellow card for Santos when after he scored he retrieved and wore a mask of his own face from the crowd in a Copa Libertadores match against Colo Colo in 2011. In the chaos that followed a further four red cards were given.
-Icelandic team Stjarnan have achieved internet fame for their unusual team goal celebrations. Including human bicycles, mimed massacres and giving birth to footballs.
-Robbie Fowler caused great controversy and was fined £90,000 by his club after he mimed snorting cocaine off the touchline after a goal against Everton in 1999.
-In 2004 Swiss player Paulo Diogo lost a finger after his wedding ring caught in a fence while celebrating. He was given a yellow card for excessive time wasting with his celebrations, while match stewards were searching for his finger.
-After scoring in the 1982 World Cup final against West Germany, Italy’s Marco Tardelli famously ran off screaming his own name.
-After scoring for Newcastle, Jonas Gutierrez – later of Norwich City – would often put on a Spiderman mask.
After the striker – who grew up in King’s Lynn – opened the scoring against Chicago Fire at the weekend, he grabbed a phone from a nearby photographer and snapped a selfie with team-mate Sonny Saad and a host of happy Sporting fans.
However, his creativity was not admired by referee Alan Kelly, who showed Dwyer a yellow card.
Dwyer scored in the 32nd minute of the MSL game when he robbed Chicago defender Patrick Ianni of the ball and slotted past the on-rushing goalkeeper.
The striker instantly pointed out the photographer, who, without hestitation, passed a mobile phone to Dwyer as he ran into the crowd.
Dwyer and Saad were then surrounded by Sporting KC fans who squeezed into the picture, which has since been published on the team’s Twitter page.
Talking to Sporting KC’S official website, Dwyer said: “The celebration was set up.
“It was mentioned earlier today before the game, and it sounded like a cool idea.
“It was a good bit of fun, but I got a yellow card for it so I was lucky I didn’t get another yellow or I would have been in big trouble.”
Dwyer spent his youth as an academy player at Norwich before playing for King’s Lynn.
But success found him when he crossed the Atlantic after taking a football scholarship at Tyler Junior College.
Dwyer instantly found his feet, scoring 52 goals in 42 games.
He was then drafted by Sporting in the 2012 MLS draft and this season has scored 12 goals, the joint second highest in the league.
After the match in a reply to a fan on Twitter he joked that selfies are “worse than a bite”.
Fifa’s laws of the game, Law 12 covering fouls and misconduct states that: “Leaving the field of play is not a cautionable offence in itself but it is essential that players return to the field of play as soon as possible.”
While good-humoured celebrations like this are welcomed by the public in football it is likely that any trip into the crowd will earn a yellow card.
The rule book might disapprove but fellow professionals have taken to Twitter to voice their support.
One half of the Downham Market Norwich City Murphy twins, Jacob, tweeted his west Norfolk compadre, saying “selfie celebration, what a guy!”
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