Roy Keane may not be a fan of dancing World Cup celebrations, but taking his shirt off during a kick is another matter.
Normally quite reserved when scoring during his iconic career for Manchester United and the Republic of Ireland, Keane staged arguably the most passionate celebration he’s ever staged for one of football’s great rivalries.
With football taking a two-day break between the World Cup round of 16 and quarter-finals, a grudge match took place as ITV took on the BBC in a battle of TV broadcasters.
And in what looked to be the highlight of the match, Keane struck home on the rebound, past fellow Sky Sports player Micah Richards.
They were rivals on this occasion, however, as the ITV man rejoiced with a gigantic grin on his face.
He then took off his shirt and jumped into a nearby wheelie bin before being mobbed by his teammates.
Nor was it surprising, with the ITV social team claiming it was a game-winning golden goal, and Keane didn’t score much better.
Known as a curmudgeonly figure during his pungent box office career, many will be surprised to see Keane throwing such an effusive celebration.
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Especially after he singled out Brazil for his dance in a 4–1 win over South Korea.
“I have never seen so much dancing. It’s like watching Strictly! he said.
” I do not like it. I know it’s a cultural thing, but I think it’s really disrespectful to the opposition.
“It’s 4-0 and they do it every time.
“I don’t mind the first template, but after that, and then does the manager get involved? I’m not happy with that, I don’t think it’s good at all.
Not that Brazilian ace Vinicius Jr cares, who said he’s predicted more colorful moves if he scores again.
Keane’s celebration might not have been so disrespectful, but don’t tell him that, or mention the fact that it took a diversion…
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