The Times report that Everton are standing by Tim Cahill over Sunday’s goal celebration against Portsmouth. The midfielder appeared to make a handcuffs gesture after putting the Toffees ahead, in a tribute to his recently-jailed brother. This was not to everyone’s liking, although the club appear to have no problem with criminal relatives being sympathised with on the field of play.
An Everton spokesman defended Cahill from criticism that the celebration might be seen as inappropriate. “Goal celebrations are a personal matter and up to the player to decide – no-one dictates what the player can do as long as he stays within the laws of the game, as long as it doesn’t result in a caution,” he said.
“It clearly was a very personal thing for Tim Cahill. Anyone who saw the pictures will see he was emotional and it meant a lot to him.
“As long as he keeps getting the opportunity to score goals, that is important. Tim is a highly intelligent young man and makes his own decisions and saw fit to send a message to his brother, if that’s what he was doing.
“He is a very articulate young man and will have weighed up the pros and cons and decided to do it because it was a personal and emotional matter.
“I am sure Tim was fully aware that some people would not be in favour of what he did before he did it.”
Surely there’s more things to get upset about than how a player celebrates a goal? Or do you think footballers shouldn’t take advantage of the spotlight to promote an issue which some would find distasteful in the extreme?