Robin van Persie marked the crucial goal against West Brom on Saturday with a poignant celebration.
After firing the Red Devils’ 2-up, substitute Van Persie revealed a t-shirt saying ‘RIP Tchuna we will never forget you’.
So, who is Tchuna?
UPDATE: We originally thought Tchuna was the name of the Indian girl, now shockingly dead, who was horrifically raped on a moving bus in India by a gang of men a couple a weeks ago in an incident which has made headlines all over the world.
However, thanks to many comments below and answers on our Twitter and Facebook pages, we now believe this to be incorrect. The girls name has been widely circulated in India as Damini.
The Dutch media say Tchuna is a friend of Robin van Persie’s who passed away in Rotterdam yesterday.
While Van Persie’s message was no doubt novel, it however drew attention to the worst rule in football which requires every player on the planet to get booked for revealing a message on under-shirts.
For the record, the Manchester United striker got away without receiving a booking for removing his jersey after scoring against West Brom.
Common sense decision? No doubt. But only days ago, Dimitar Berbatov received a yellow card for his t-shirt showing antics after the ex-Man United forward bagged a goal for Fulham against Southampton.
UPDATE 2: Some clarification on the rules against shirt removal in football.
Van Persie, technically, might not have committed an offence under the laws of the game, since the attached rule specifies only that a player must be booked if “he removes his shirt or covers his head with his shirt”. The striker kept his shirt on and lifted it to under his chin– hence not covering it.
Then again, van Persie may have been in contravention of a separate passage which states that, “A player removing his jersey to reveal slogans [and it is later specified that these can be of a personal, as well as a commercial nature] … will be sanctioned by the competition organiser.”
There is no consistency here, and that is simply ridiculous.
More pictures are after the fold.