Incredible suggestions are flying all around the world wide web that after Robin van Persie’s second goal at Chelsea on Saturday, to put Arsenal 4-3 ahead, the Dutch striker performed a Nazi salute.
Florent Malouda’s terrible back pass (the Frenchman was much more at fault here than John Terry) saw RVP round Petr Cech (who had an awful game, also barely mentioned in the English press) to give Arsenal an advantage they would add to minutes later.
The Nazi salute claims, which were on Twitter within seconds of Van Persie tapping the ball into the empty net, will likely be grouped alongside the recent Luis Suarez/Patrice Evra and John Terry/Anton Ferdinand incidents which have led to trial by online video.
These suggestions will likely be extremely hurtful to van Persie as Holland was occupied by the Nazis from 1940 to 1945 and is not something a Dutch international would joke about or employ in a goal celebration.
It may though force the Arsenal striker to alter his regular goal celebration which usually involves him lifting at least one, if not both arms. Despite this slur on the Gunners forward likely emanating from bitter Chelsea fans.
Sadly, today’s internet means that even big sites don’t want to miss out on traffic, hence the Robin van Persie Nazi salute claim has been highlighted by US blog Deadspin and Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. And there are a number of videos posted on YouTube titled “Robin van Persie Nazi salute v Chelsea.”
Update: Robin van Persie has Tweeted on the claims (20.20 GMT). “It has been brought to my attention of some ridiculous allegations concerning my celebration of one of my goals yesterday. It is totally ludicrous to suggest that my action of brushing my shoulder and pointing to my fans could be construed as anything else but of a showing of joy and celebration. To suggest this meant anything to the contrary is insulting and absolutely absurd as nothing else came into my mind.”