German striker in trouble for advertising during goal celebration
Mario Gomez gives you wings
On Saturday, VfB Stuttgart defeated Dortmund at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, thanks to a winning goal from Mario Gomez. The German national team striker, however, landed himself in a big ol’ pile of controversy thanks to the nature of his goal celebration.
When the half-Spanish forward slotted home in the 62nd minute, he opened an imaginary can and took a sip from it, and then proceeded to flap his arms as if they were wings. According to German newspaper Bild, Gomez has held a “private agreement” with a certain Austrian energy drink manufacturer for several months.
According to FIFA rules, such flagrant advertising is forbidden and punishable.
In a laughable attempt to completely deny this obvious reference to a drink that may or may not give you wings, Gomez’s advisor Uli Ferber has said:
“I was surprised when Mario did that celebration. It was certainly not a statement of Red Bull, but a spontaneous decision.
He told me afterwards that he felt like he had wings.”