'Ross Barkley is swagg': Twitter reacts to Everton midfielder's early goal celebrationPublished February 5, 2017
Ross Barkley’s early goal celebration in Everton’s 6-3 Premier League win over Bournemouth has received a mixed reaction on social media, with supporters on both sides of the argument lining up to give their say on the incident.
With 94 minutes on the clock and Ronald Koeman’s side 5-3 up, the England midfielder latched onto a ball forward, rounded Artur Boruc and slotted home.
The goal sealed the win for the hosts, but it was Barkley’s conduct just before he finished the chance that has caused controversy.
As the open net beckoned, the 23-year-old raised both arms in a celebration which continued after the ball crossed the line.
Fans swiftly took to social media to give their two-cents on the controversial moment, with some arguing that he had every right to express himself and others angered by a supposed lack of respect for fellow professionals.
Here’s the best of the Twitter reaction to the memorable moment.
Lots supported Barkley…
Ross Barkley celebrating BEFORE he scores! ??? pic.twitter.com/GFRhhPvDOK— Ed (@dixiessixty) February 4, 2017
Are some people really unhappy & claiming Ross Barkley showed a lack of respect by celebrating before scoring? Fans love that individuality.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) February 5, 2017
Disgrace that Ross Barkley isn't he.....? pic.twitter.com/juy7mlHKjo— JH (@howarth1878) February 5, 2017
Ross Barkley is swagg for that pre-goal celebration ?— soul brother No. 1+1 (@ThusoMatsobane) February 5, 2017
But others disagreed- was it arrogant?
Wish Ross Barkley missed that— Jack Barlow (@badger_barlow) February 5, 2017
Nevermind Barkley being disrespectful. How disrespectful of Lukaku to clap a goal before its even happened! ??? pic.twitter.com/K7MKwJQ4Nk— Christopher Williams (@C88Williams) February 5, 2017