Portimonense forward Yago Cariello on Sunday took his goal celebrations a little too far.
The Brazilian scored in the 88th minute to put his side 2-1 ahead in the game against Vitória SC after being 1-0 down in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.
Cariello was clearly ecstatic with himself after grabbing what looks to be three crucial points for his team.
Running towards the corner flag, Cariello has his fingers pointed towards the fans. He then grabbed the corner flags and imitated shooting the travelling Vitória fans.
His actions prompted angry reactions in the stands and on the pitch, with some fans even throwing projectiles at the Brazilian.
One Vitória players tries to confront Cariello, but he was pulled away by his teammates.
After a Vitória player reacted angrily, he raised his hands in an apologetic manner, apparently realising how his actions might have been interpreted.
Yago Carriello celebrates scoring the winner for Portimonense by grabbing the corner flag and pretending to shoot the Vitória fans the absolute mad man 😭
— Long Ball Futebol Podcast (@LongBallFutebol) August 21, 2022
After the game, Cariello took to Instagram to explain his controversial goal celebration. He wrote:
Today, we all exceeded ourselves, but I didn’t gun down the Vitória fans, which I respect, I just had a reaction to the racists who spit and cursed my teammates in a prejudiced way.
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Yago’s goal means both Vitoria and Portimonense have six points from their opening three Primeira League games this season.