Rabat - Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia was reportedly told by the club's administration to refrain from celebrating his goals with a gun toting gesture.
Rabat – Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia was reportedly told by the club’s administration to refrain from celebrating his goals with a gun toting gesture.
The former Roma defender was urged to stop using his famous machine-gun goal celebration as it could be interpreted as inciting violence amongst spectators.
“I’ve started doing it in Rome, because it has brought me luck (…) but the club asked me to stop doing it,” Benatia told the Munchner Merkur.
Benatia scored during his team’s victory over Hamburg at the Allianz Arena last week, but this time the Morocco international did not point his machine gun towards fans.
Soccer authorities across the European continent are cracking down on any conduct or provocation by players or supporters that may incite violence among football fans.
This is not the first time the controversial celebration has landed football players in hot water. In 2014, PSG’s Edinson Cavani was sent off following celebrating a goal with a gun gesture.
The Uruguay international was booked after performing the gun celebration and was then shown the red card after arguing with the referee during a 3-1 victory over RC Lens.
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