Manchester United legend Roy Keane was critical of Brazil despite their 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup round of 16. It was the perfect result for Manchester United star Casemiro who was fantastic in midfield.
The Irishman wasn’t too happy with Brazil’s choreographed dance celebrations and likened it to watching Strictly Come Dancing.
*Pretends to be shocked*
Keane wears the grump costume pretty well, and there are times I think he is right, but here’s got this one terribly wrong. I don’t understand why so many former footballers find dancing offensive — and Keane even claims they were ‘disrespectful’ towards South Korea.
“Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing,” Keane said on ITV, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I can’t believe what I’m watching, I can’t believe what I’m watching, it’s like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].”
Brazil gave us a variety of celebrations with each goal, with manager Tite getting involved following the third goal. The win was in the bag and they were understandably happy to have reached the next round.
“I don’t like this,” Keane added. “People say it’s their culture. But I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition.
“It’s four goals, and they are doing it every time.
“I don’t mind so much the first jig, it’s the one after that, and the manager getting involved.
“I’m not happy about it. I don’t think it’s good at all.”
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Fellow grump Graeme Souness backed Keane’s verdict, in a quest to become the biggest alpha male in the studio, saying: “It’s only a matter of time before someone goes right through one of these Brazilians.”
We shouldn’t forget that this is the World Cup and player should be able to show their culture and celebrate how they want. I don’t understand why it is such an issue to the likes of Keane and Souness.
Brazil put on a show in the first half and it was the sort of football you want to see on the biggest stage. South Korea fell victim to it and I don’t think they will be a loss in the latter stages of the tournament.
After four first-half goals from Vinicius Jar, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta, Brazil understandably took their foot off the gas in the second half.
They won the game 4-1 and will face Croatia in the quarter-finals. It would be fantastic to see them dance their way to glory this winter.