Under-fire Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor has found an unlikely ally amid the controversy over his goal celebration at the weekend.
The Togo international attracted widespread condemnation after running the length of the pitch to celebrate his strike in Saturday’s 4-2 win over former club Arsenal in front of the travelling Gunners fans.
However, while former England defender Gareth Southgate acknowledges the potential that kind of action has to incite crowd trouble, he insists players must be allowed to celebrate when they score.
The Middlesbrough manager said: “We have a strange ruling on celebrations. My dad would say why don’t we just shake hands and run back to the centre circle like we used to, probably.
“But if you can’t enjoy scoring your goals, then there’s a problem.
“Now, I understand there is a line where you start to incite problems as well, so there is an important distinguishing factor there.
“But I stand in the dug-out and get abuse at away grounds, players get abuse at grounds and yet when the boot is on the other foot, we are quick to jump on people’s backs.
“I don’t go for people saying it’s totally out of order. The wind-up goes both ways.
“If you give it, you have to take it. If people can’t accept somebody celebrating, they maybe shouldn’t give him the sort of stick he was getting during the game.”