It was another type of celebration for Emerson Carioca of Sampaio Correa, who stripped and waved his genitals after scoring a late winner for his side against Marica in Rio de Janeiro’s yearly competition. But he was punished for the act- handed an eight-game ban.
On celebrating his goal, he removed his shirt, dropping his shorts to waved them to his opponents. Expectedly, the Marica players reacted badly by causing scenes at the stadium.
Even though the incident happened in December last year with the fact that Carioca left Correa for a Portuguese club, the disciplinary committee did what they ought to do. The naked celebration led to a brawl at the match.
The Brazilian league pinpointed that, Emerson Carioca did not only participated contrary to the sports discipline and ethics, the 25-year-old winger was also involved in a public fight during the match.
Emerson did the act in responding to racial abuse he experienced in the recent outings with Marica’s players and coaches.
Even though Emerson has left Sampaio Correa for Portuguesa Carioca, he will still serve the punishment, but his new club intends to appeal on behalf of the Brazillian.
He said the Marcia players and coaching crew have been calling him all sorts of bad names, and he intended to respond to them back by stripping as means of celebration. He later apologized for his wrongdoing, but his punishment still stands even with a change of team.
“Marica’s people have been slandering me for the past three matches I’ve played against them,” he said. “They’ve called me a slob, an alcoholic, and a fat monkey. I was annoyed at what went on.” Emerson explained
“I want to ask forgiveness from Sampaio Correa’s fans, my teammates, and also Marica’s fans, players, and everyone who loves football.” He apologised
“The people in the stands were swearing at me and giving me a lot of bulls**t, and I crossed the line. It was not premeditated.” He said