Rodri’s celebration in front of Arsenal fans sparks heated debate as Simon Jordan insists it was ‘stupid’ but Danny Murphy defends Man City star’s ‘passion and emotion’
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Rodri’s celebration of his late winner for Manchester City at Arsenal on Saturday sparked a debate between Simon Jordan and Danny Murphy on talkSPORT.
The City midfielder snatched all three points in the dying moments, making a dramatic turnaround after the Gunners took a deserved lead.
Emotions were high after a hotly contested game, which saw a controversial penalty awarded to the visitors and a red card for the hosts, who were denied a free kick.
With City’s support unleashed in the opposite corner, Rodri instead sprinted towards the home fans, ripping off his shirt and sliding onto his knees, before hitting the air and cheering in front of furious Arsenal fans.
Many objects were thrown onto the pitch as City players celebrated with Rodri – and former Crystal Palace owner Jordan insists the Spaniard’s actions were ‘stupid and unnecessary’.
But ex-Liverpool midfielder Murphy fought back, insisting that ‘silencing the fans’ has always been part of the game.
And things got a bit heated… read the full debate below!
SJ: “The player must learn to control himself.”
DM: “Why? He didn’t enter the crowd. He took off his shirt. Is that offensive?”
SJ: “It’s not offensive. It’s stupid because you are reserved for it. The bottom line is that he should have some discipline and he should go back. “
DM: “I would address my fans. But I can tell by playing the game and I can give you some examples. When you score a goal, sometimes something comes over you that robs you of all logic. “
SJ: “But did you see what Rodri did? Do you think he went to bait Arsenal fans?
DM: “I think he did, yeah.”
SJ: “If he did, then he must be a little careful of the situation because, ultimately, if something happened to him, he would be the first person to say: ‘This is scandalous!’
DM: “Well then, we just have robotic footballers, games without passion …”
SJ: “No, if you’re going to check your step and dive one way to go to other fans and give it to them, you don’t have to. Celebrate your moment with those who matter, not those who don’t. Arsenal fans don’t count. You won the game, you did it like a herring, go and celebrate with your fans.
DM: “I can only say, you can only understand it when you have done it and you haven’t.”
SJ: “He chose to take this emotion and transform it into a confrontation, and it is a choice. [He thought] ‘I’m an asshole, you can get some back’. But you gave it back to them by scoring. If something happened to him, who would be to blame?
DM: “The person who threw something.”
SJ: “No! It’s a combination of the two. Come on. It’s silly what he did. It doesn’t give anyone the right to behave badly in response, but that’s cause and effect , you are causing the effect by going to these fans. I am not justifying the effect.
DM: “You can’t have it both ways! If you want passion … “
SJ: “Celebrate with your own fans. If they want to give him pelters, when he runs towards them he’s inviting something he doesn’t need.
DM: “I don’t agree. You do your job. You score a winning goal for your team.
SJ: “And give it to the fans? Running to these fans? “
DM: “That’s what football is and always has been. It silences the fans on the road, it silences the fans at home. Celebrating a goal and staying on the pitch isn’t crossing a line! If you want to use that to say he’s causing someone to throw a bottle, then fine.
SJ: “Nobody says that.”
DM: “So what are you saying? You are one or the other!
Jim white: “What are you saying, Danny? Are you saying what Rodri did was totally acceptable? T-shirt running straight to the supporters outside, saying ‘get this’? “
DM: “Yes yes yes! Absolutely right. Absolutely. And if one of the Arsenal players did the same thing, I would say the same thing.
SJ: “This does not justify any behavior of the fans in response. But it’s stupid and unnecessary. Do it with your own fans. If you are so happy to celebrate something, then why has your euphoria turned into antagonism? “
DM: “It’s called emotion and passion Simon, something you don’t know anything about!”
SJ: “Shoe repairers! This is called antagonism.
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