We’ll keeeeep dancing! Vinicius Jr warns Brazil’s critics they have ‘MANY more celebrations ready’ after Roy Keane claimed the goal routines were ‘disrespectful’
Brazil star Vinicius Jr has defended his side’s choreographed dance celebrations that were blasted by Roy Keane as ‘disrespectful’.
The Selecao performed short routines after scoring each goal in their 4-1 win over South Korea in the World Cup last-16 game on Monday.
After Richarlison scored, event the manager Tite got involved, imitating the forwards ‘pigeon dance’ with players on the touchline.
Brazil’s dancing superstars have been labelled as ‘disrespectful’ by a furious Roy Keane
Keane has come under fire in Brazil after branding their World Cup stars ‘disrespectful’
‘Fantastic finish by Vinicius, great start to the game. But I’ve never seen so much dancing,’ fumed ITV pundit Keane.
‘I can’t believe what I’m watching, I can’t believe what I’m watching, it’s like watching Strictly [Come Dancing].’
‘I don’t like this. People say it’s their culture. But I think that’s really disrespecting the opposition,’ Keane furiously continued.
‘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.
Brazil stars Neymar and Lucas Paqueta dance after the fourth goal went in on Monday
‘I’m not happy about it. I don’t think it’s good at all.’
But Vinicius insists the reaction of joy is bound to wind people up and warned the detractors such as Keane that Brazil have plenty more dances planned.
‘Sure, some love to complain when they see other people’s happiness and we Brazilians are a joyful people, so it will always bother them,’ he said on Wednesday.
‘The goal is the most important moment in football, in a World Cup it is even more important so it’s a moment of joy not only for us, players, but for our entire country.
‘We still have many celebrations ready, so we need to keep playing better, winning games and stay joyful in the process.
Vinicius Jr says the celebration are an expression of joy after goals go in at the World Cup
‘We need to stay calm and focus because there are more people with us than against us.’
Graeme Souness was of the same opinion as Keane and added: ‘It’s only a matter of time before someone goes right through one of these Brazilians.’
Brazil have not taken his criticism well, with the country’s media and fans instead unleashing an incredible attack on the Man United legend for his assessment
Leading Brazilian TV channel TNT Sports wrote on Twitter: ‘HELLO, ROY KEANE! DON’T LIKE THE DANCES? BITE YOUR BACK! THIS HERE IS BRAZIL!
Graeme Souness was equally as irritated by Brazil’s antics, backing Keane’s furious verdict
Brazilian TV channel TNT Sports responded to Keane by saying on Twitter: ‘This here is Brazil!’
Brazil boss Tite even danced alongside his players after Richarlison’s goal on the night
‘See if you can do something like that! Even Tite will dance here! Like it or not.’
Another Brazilian broadcaster, Globo, responded to Keane’s criticism by reminiscing about some of his lowest moments as a player.
Their report, which describes him as the ‘executioner’ following his goal against Palmeiras in the 1999 Intercontinental Cup final, takes a closer look at the most controversial incidents of his career, including his bitter fallout with Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy at the 2002 World Cup and the infamously gruesome tackle which ended Alf-Inge Haaland’s career.
Luis Castro, the head coach of Brazilian Serie A club Botafogo, labelled Keane ‘inelegant’ while claiming he simply doesn’t understand the country’s culture.
Brazil face Croatia on Friday with a place in the World Cup semi-final up for grabs.
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