Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus paid tribute to his Brazilian team-mate Vinicius Jr by copying the Real Madrid forward’s dance moves after scoring against Brentford on Sunday.
Vinicius Jr was criticised by Spanish football agent Pedro Bravo earlier this week, who accused the 22-year-old of disrespecting Real Mallorca when he danced after scoring against them last weekend.
His comments sparked outrage as Bravo stated that the striker should ‘stop playing the monkey’ during his outburst.
‘You have to respect the opponent,’ Bravo said live on air on El Chiringuito. ‘If you want to dance, go to the sambadrome in Brazil.
‘In Spain, you have to respect rivals and stop playing the monkey.’
He would later apologise for his remarks, insisting that he was not intending to be racist.
‘I want to clarify that the expression “playing the monkey” that I have misused to qualify his goal celebration dance was done metaphorically (doing stupid things),’ he said.
‘Since my intention was not to offend anyone, I sincerely apologise. I am sorry!’
A number of players have rallied around Vinicius Jr following Bravo’s comments, with Neymar urging the young winger to continue dancing if he wanted to.
Jesus also posted on Twitter on Friday in support of his fellow countryman ‘Danca, Vini!’ (Dance, Vini!)
He sent another message of support to Vinicius Jr on Sunday after heading home Granit Xhaka’s cross to put Arsenal 2-0 up.
He ran behind the goal to celebrate with Bukayo Saka and began to dance in front of the TV cameras, much like Vinicius Jr did seven days earlier.
Vinicius Jr is set to play in the Madrid derby on Sunday night, and he could bring out his dance moves once again if he gets on the scoresheet against Atletico Madrid.
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