Watford striker Troy Deeney has provided an explanation for his explicit celebration after netting his side’s first goal in their 4-1 demolition of Chelsea last night.
The two sides went head to head at Vicarage Road yesterday evening, with Tiemoue Bakayoko’s dreadful first-half showing culminating in the Frenchman being given his marching orders with just half an hour on the clock for a second bookable offence.
Watford didn’t take long to make their man advantage count, as the blistering Gerard Deulofeu went down in the Chelsea box under a challenge from Thibaut Courtois, with Troy Deeney stepping up to smash home the ensuing penalty with aplomb.
While the goal in itself garnered quite a bit of attention in that it sent Chelsea spiralling towards yet another shock defeat, Troy Deeney’s questionable choice of celebration following his strike has since drawn plenty of attention of its own:
Troy Deeney making his feelings for Chelsea’s fans crystal clear 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/nvWbD1RkV2
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) February 5, 2018
The immediate assumption upon viewing of Deeney’s gesture was that he was directing his frustration in the direction of Chelsea’s fans.
However, the English hitman has since provided a different (albeit slightly unbelievable) explanation for his actions, as revealed by Michelle Owen of Sky Sports last night:
— Michelle Owen (@MichelleOwen7) February 5, 2018
Whatever the case may be, Deeney looks likely to be sanctioned for his actions, with Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli having been handed a one-match ban by Fifa for a similar incident whilst on international duty with England last September.
It should also be noted that, despite Deeney’s explanation for his actions, he clearly aimed his gesture in the direction of Chelsea’s fans last night, a fact which would no doubt stand against the 29-year-old in any possible appeal.