Leicester City clinched their maiden FA Cup title after beating Chelsea in a thrilling 1-0 win in the finals at Wembley. It was indeed a historic moment for the club, owners and the fans as the Foxes were in their dreamland on Saturday. It was eventually a superb long-range strike from midfielder Youri Tielemans, which made the difference in the end. Watch Here
While it was a day for glory, ecstasy and enjoyment for the club, there was a controversial incident that happened inside the Leicester City’s dressing room which has become the talking point right now.
What is the controversy all about?
After lifting the trophy and collecting the medals, Leicester City’s players and staff made their way inside the changing rooms. Some of the players were live from the social media handles and the fans were able to watch the exclusive footage of the Foxes’ celebrations. However, Ghanian footballer Daniel Amartey went a step too far in enjoyment as he threw the Chelsea flag (also known as pennant) on the ground and laughed, which sparked the controversy.
The disrespect from Daniel Amartey 🤭
(via lawestt_/IG) pic.twitter.com/yfuxkOmFri
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 15, 2021
Was Daniel Amartey’s act disrespectful?
The pennants are the heart and soul of any club and are often used to represent the identity of a club. Before a match, the captains swap the flags of both the clubs as a mark of respect, which also become a memorabilia for the clubs involved. The club flag means a lot to the players and fans and throwing it away like that is actually extremely disrespectful.
The act certainly did not go down well with the football fans, especially Chelsea supporters, as they expressed their anger on Twitter. While some people wanted the Blues to take it as the motivation to beat Leicester when they meet in another crucial match in Premier League on Tuesday, the others demanded an apology from Amartey for his shameful act.
Check out the Tweets:
It won’t make up for this loss but Chelsea need to batter Leicester on Tuesday.
A. They need to show us some pride
B. What Daniel Amartey did with our flag in the Leicester dressing room was beyond disrespectful & needless
— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) May 15, 2021
Daniel Amartey might never play for Chelsea in his life for what he did. It’s gross disrespect to Chelsea and he should apologize for that tbh
What he did is very very wrong
— KELEWELE JOINT 🍟 (@ANKAMAGYIMI__) May 15, 2021
Daniel Amartey has disrespect the Chelsea emblem 😳😳. How dare him.
— D A V I D🧠 (@davidaxelrode) May 15, 2021
TBH @DanielAmartey is wrong, just because you won doesn’t mean you should disrespect your opponent. If that was Arsenal, i would have been devastated and broken
— hendrick (@hendrick76) May 16, 2021
Disrespectful of Daniel Amartey to flip away Chelsea's pennant in the #FACupFinal celebration.
Everyone ought to be magnanimous in victory or defeat. Being discipline in both situations doesn't come easy.
— Francis N. Abanga (@FrancisAbanga1) May 16, 2021