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Mexican pair fined for assassination goal celebration

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Mexican club Chivas Guadalajara have imposed a fine on two players for a goal celebration in which one pretended to shoot the other in the head.

Marco Fabián and Alberto Medina spark outrage with this gunshot-style celebration
Marco Fabián and Alberto Medina spark outrage with this gunshot-style celebration

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Striker Marco Fabián made his faux pas after netting a hat-trick in Guadalajara's 5-2 victory over Estudiantes Tecos last weekend, holding an imaginary gun to the head of team-mate Alberto Medina and then pulling the trigger. Medina played his part by falling to the turf as if executed by a gunshot to the head.

But in a country where drugs-related violence has claimed 44,000 lives in recent years, the celebration has sparked a fierce response from the public

"I greatly regret what happened," Fabián apologised for his conduct at the press conference after the club donated a million pesos to an orphanage in the town of Ciudad Juarez - one of the most violent towns in Mexico and the main drugs route into the United States.

"When I saw the video I was filled with anger and regret for playing around with something as sacred as the life of a human being."

Fabián and Medina provided the most part of the donation, paying double their 50,000 peso fines. The rest of the money was raised by their team-mates.

"It's good to celebrate in football but never like that. My respects to Mexico, for a Mexico free of violence, for the mothers and siblings of the victims," Fabián concluded.

Watch footage of Marco Fabián and Alberto Medina performing their tasteless goal celebration


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