Brazil Stars Fire Back at Roy Keane for Criticising Dancing Celebration

Brazil Stars Fire Back at Roy Keane for Criticising Dancing Celebration

  • Brazil stars have hit back at Roy Keane for his criticism of their dancing celebrations
  • Keane said the Samba Boys' dance was disrespectful to their South Korean opponents
  • Raphinha and Lucas Paqueta fired back at him, saying they'll keep doing what they love

Several Brazil players have responded to Roy Keane's criticism of their exuberant celebrations against South Korea.

The five-time World Cup winners shell-shocked the South Koreans, scoring four goals inside 36 minutes during their round of 16 victory on Monday.

Roy Keane, Vinicius Junior, Raphinha, Lucas Paqueta, Neymar, Brazil, Tite, 2022 World Cup
Brazil players have responded to criticism from Roy Keane about their 'disrespectful' dance celebrations. Photos by Francois Nel and Ash Donelon.
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Goals from Vinicius Junior, Neymar, Richarlison and Paqueta were enough to see off the hapless Asian side, who were lucky not to concede more in the first half.

Every time the Samba Boys scored, they celebrated with a choreographed and flamboyant dance routine, with their coach Tite even joining in after the third goal from Richarlison.

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Most of the goals they scored were marvellous, but Manchester United great Keane did not like the dancing.

Brazil stars respond to Roy Keane

According to MEN, Keane was unimpressed with their celebrations, saying it was a show of disrespect to the opponents.

"I don't like this. People say it's their culture, but I think that's really disrespecting the opposition. It's four goals, and they are doing it every time."

The Selecao are known for their flair in football. The likes of Ronaldinho perfectly embodied that culture, but their dancing and showboating have attracted criticism.

However, West Ham United star Lucas Paqueta has said they will not stop doing what they love, according to Metro.

"The dance is a representation of our joy after scoring a goal. We don’t do it to disrespect anyone; we don’t do it in front of our opponents. We all get together to celebrate. If they don’t like it, there’s not much to say."

Neymar, Eder Militao, Vinicius, Rodrygo and Richarlison, Brazil, Tite, 2022 World Cup
Brazil are favourites to win the 2022 World Cup. Photo by Marvin Ibo Guengoer.
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Raphinha echoed Paqueta's sentiments.

‘The problem is with those who don’t like it, because we’ll keep doing it. Dance symbolises the joy of scoring a goal."

Tite also rubbished the criticism, saying he'll keep urging his players to express themselves on the pitch.

Paul Scholes angered some fans on social media previously, for calling out Man United star Antony for doing his popular spin move in a Europa League match, according to the Daily Mail.

Tite responds to Keane

Sports Brief earlier reported on Tite explaining why he danced with his players after they scored against the Taegeuk Warriors.

In a quick response, the 61-year-old manager dismissed claims their celebrations were disrespectful, explaining it is a mark of jubilation.

“I have to be careful (doing the dances), because there are always the malicious ones who say it's disrespectful. It is a display of happiness.”