REAL MADRID AND BRAZIL superstar Vinicius Jr has had a pop at Irish footballing legend and pundit Roy Keane for the comments he made after Brazil's 4-1 over South Korea this week.
Tournament favourites Brazil raced into a 4-0 lead over South Korea within 45 minutes on Monday. After every goal, each Brazilian goal scorer broke into a dance on the side-line. This included the likes of Neymar, Richarlison, Lucas Paqueta and even the coach Tite.
The game ended and to nobody's surprise Keane took issue with the dancing claiming that it was 'disrespectful'.
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Speaking on ITV, he said: "I don't mind the first jig, or whatever it was, for the first goal, but not every time. It is disrespectful. Even their manager gets involved. I don't like it," said Keane on ITV.
"I can't believe what I'm watching. I've never seen so much dancing. It's like watching Strictly. Brazil is fantastic but South Korea? My goodness.”
Brazilian media and fans were higly critical of the former United captain for his take.
Brazil manager Tite hit back at the time by saying. “There are always people who are evil who will say that it’s disrespectful."
“It was not to diminish or look down on our opponents.”
And goal scorer Paquetá had his say on the matter after the game: “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."
We will keep scoring goals and keep dancing. This is a group that is happy to score, to get the victory and the goals.”
The latest player to have his say on the matter is Vinicius Jr. The young Brazil star speaking on Wednesday claiming that there was more to dancing to come
"Sure, some love to complain when they see other people's happiness and we Brazilians are a joyful people, so it will always bother," Vinicius said.
"The goal is the most important moment in football, in a World Cup it is even more important so it's a moment of joy not only for us, players, but for our entire country.
"We still have many celebrations ready, so we need to keep playing better, winning games and stay joyful in the process.
"We need to stay calm and focus because there are more people with us than against us."
Whatever happens viewers at home and Keane are extremely likely to see more dancing as the tournament goes on.
Brazil plays Croatia tomorrow at 15.00 tomorrow in the first of the quarter-finals this weekend.
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