West Brom star sends apology to QPR after goal celebrations
West Brom attacker Matheus Pereira has sent an apology to Queens Park Rangers and their fans after his goal celebration in the recent 2-0 win at Loftus Road.
After registering four assists and impressing the Baggies fans since his arrival on loan from Sporting CP over the summer, Pereira got his first goal and West Brom’s second of the match late on in the game against QPR.
It came in the 84th minute after QPR centre-back Yoann Barbet was sent off for his second yellow card offence.
Pereira fooled QPR keeper Joe Lumley by drilling the ball low from his free-kick into the bottom left of the net and celebrated by running towards fans and motioning a finger across his throat.
QPR received complaints from fans who pointed out that Loftus Road had been re-named The Kyan Prince Foundation stadium after the 15-year-old Academy player who was killed in a knife-crime incident.
“Of course I must apologise if my goal celebrations caused any offence,” Pereira said. “It is most important supporters at QPR and beyond understand that it was never my intention to do so.
“The gesture was meant only to signify ‘game over’ as my goal had given us 2-0 lead and the opposition had lost a player to a red card. I was very excited for my first goal and happy for our supporters. I saw a Brazilian player with Flamengo doing it recently and it was just in my mind.
“I have since been made aware of the story of the Kyan Prince Foundation and understand why my celebrations might have been misunderstood and caused offence. It was certainly not my intention to do so and I apologise for that.
“I am here to enjoy English football and make friends and share in the excitement of the game in this country. I apologise sincerely for any offence I may have caused.”
Fair play to Pereira for this. The apology is genuine and the line “I am here to enjoy English football and make friends and share in the excitement of the game in this country” shows he’s the sort of footballer that we want at The Hawthorns.
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