Trent Alexander Arnold Avoids Punishment After Provocative Celebration vs Manchester City

Trent Alexander Arnold Avoids Punishment After Provocative Celebration vs Manchester City

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Trent Alexander-Arnold will go unpunished for his celebration against Manchester City
  • The English defender silenced the home fans at the Etihad Stadium after scoring
  • His celebration flouted the rules set out by the football lawmakers, IFAB

Trent Alexander-Arnold will reportedly receive no further action for his celebration against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on November 25.

The Liverpool fullback endured a torrid afternoon against Jeremy Doku but had the last laugh when he poked home an 80th-minute equaliser to cancel out Erling Haaland's opener.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold celebrates after scoring against Manchester City on November 25. Photo by Simon Stacpoole/Offside.
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Alexander-Arnold then rushed to the home crowd area and put his fingers on his lips in what could be construed as a way of winding them up.

The Reds vice-captain admitted as much that he loved the faces of City fans as he did the celebration, calling it 'funny.'

"It’s always good to celebrate in front of away fans. Seeing all of the faces is really funny."

IFAB laws on celebrations

However, as the laws of the game dictate, the 25-year-old was in complete contravention of the rules set out by the International Football Association Board(IFAB).

Law 12 of the IFAB guidelines says that;

"A player must be cautioned, even if the goal is disallowed, for acting in a provocative, derisory or inflammatory way."

However, as the Mirror reports, the English international will walk away scot-free as centre referee Chris Kavanagh decided against booking him and neither did he include the incident in his post-match report.

The shared spoils in Manchester left the two teams a point off each other, with Arsenal leapfrogging them to the top with their last-gasp win over Brentford.

Klopp speaks on Nunez vs. Pep row

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Jurgen Klopp hinted at what led to the verbal altercation between Pep Guardiola and Reds forward Darwin Nunez at full-time after Manchester City’s clash against Liverpool.

For the first time this season, Manchester City failed to win a game at home as Liverpool cancelled out Erling Haaland’s opener through Trent Alexander Arnold’s goal in the second goal.

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