James Maddison Clashes With Neal Maupay After Brentford Star Copied Darts Celebration

James Maddison Clashes With Neal Maupay After Brentford Star Copied Darts Celebration

Martin Moses
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Neal Maupay dug into his book of dark arts to mimic James Maddison's celebration
  • The Brentford striker put his aside in front before riling up the Tottenham players
  • Spurs mounted a comeback in the second-half winning the game 3-2

James Maddison squared off with Neal Maupay after the Brentford forward copied his celebration during a Premier League game on January 31.

Maupay and Brentford made the short trip across London to face Tottenham Hotspur as both sides returned to Premier League action after the winter break and FA Cup layoffs.

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Neal Maupay celebrates with Ivan Toney after scoring against Tottenham on January 31. Photo by Alex Pantling.
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It took the visitors only 15 minutes to find the back of the net. A loose pass from Spurs was intercepted by Bees, with Ivan Toney leading the counter-attack.

Toney's shot at goal was saved by Guglielmo Vicario, only for the rebound to fall kindly to Maupay, who poked the ball past the Italian shot-stopper.

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Maupay then rushed off to celebrate the goal, pulling off Maddison's famous darts celebration. The Spurs midfielder did not take the gesture kindly, clashing with the French striker once he made his way back to the field.

Maddison has popularised his darts celebration after moving to North London from Leicester City this season. He quickly formed a solid partnership with Heung-min Son, but an injury at the start of November saw him sidelined until the beginning of this year.

Spurs players fire back at Maupay

Spurs players responded in kind after Brennan Johnson scored to fire them 2-1 up. The former Nottingham Forest man was spotted mocking Maupay as he celebrated his goal.

Ange Postecoglou's side got the other goals through Destiny Udogie and Richarlison, rendering Toney's second for Brentford a mere consolation. The result sees Spurs leapfrog Aston Villa into fourth place with 43 points on the Premier League table.

De Bruyne gets another assist

Sports Brief has also reported that Kevin De Bruyne supplied another brilliant assist in Manchester City's 3-i win over Burnley.

De Bruyne, who is only working his way towards full fitness, has returned to competitive football with a bang, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

The Belgian lasted way over the half-hour mark before Erling Haaland played for the first time in over a month.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)