Handcuffs at the Bridge

Anyone know what Salomon Kalou’s goal celebrations were about last night?

Crossed arms gesture arouses controversy

Thanks to Middlesbrough’s laughable attempts at defending corners, Salomon Kalou bagged both of Chelsea’s goals at Stamford Bridge last night (see the other one here). He followed each with a ‘hand face mask’ and ‘crossed arms’ celebration.

Some are saying it was a gesture in support of Ivory Coast political activist Antoine Assale Tiemoko, while others believe he really likes the X Factor. A spokesman from Chelsea’s Incredulous Exuse Department, however, believes it was a completely arbitrary celebration:

“He was just trying out a new celebration and it was a crossing of the arms.

“He also sometimes puts his hand over his face like a mask.”

Just trying out a new celebration? Did he hold a focus group afterwards, to help him develop new celebrations for future games?

If anyone knows what it was really about, pray tell below…

8 responses so far
  • Chigady // January 29, 2009 at 10:23 am

    The hand over the face is sign-version of the phrase that’s popular in the States – “you can’t see me” which means “I’m untouchable”

    I believe that celebration is quite popular in American sport and I think was made most popular by a West Indian bowler whose name escapes me.

  • Ulrik Fredrik // January 29, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    …..while others believe he really likes the X Factor…

    lol. I laughed my head off mate.

  • alex // January 29, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    in the states it also means… i can’t feel my face… popularized by musical artists g-unit which relates to the feeling from using cocaine. Basketballer Tim Thomas who is friends with tony yayo started the waterfall of gestures many many years ago.

  • Andrew // January 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    See Football, American. Cornerbacks do it in coverage linebackers do it too.

    ike taylor does it all the time.

  • Ph0BoLuS // January 29, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    He’s talking about the handcuff gesture…not the hand over the face one…He does the hand over the face one all the time…the NEW one was the crossed arms i.e. handcuffs.

  • keir berales // January 29, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    the hand across the face is from john cena the wrestler it was in saturdays chelsea programme so maybe its to do with wrestling

  • Maik // January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    It was used once to dedicate the goal to fans in prison…

  • sam brown // February 2, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    watch the full video and ull see where he drew inspiration from..its politically motivated…


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