A footballer in Ukraine’s second division was reportedly investigated after appearing to celebrate a goal scored against his team.
Kremin Kremenchuk star Vitaliy Boyko was seen raising his hands in the air in a cheering motion when rivals Uzhgorod took the lead during the clash in the Ukrainian Persha Liga (First League).
Boyko, 23, can be seen on the edge of the box appearing to celebrate as Uzhgorod ace Mykola Gayduchyk turns the ball in for the hosts.
The incident baffled some onlookers, while others suggested the midfielder was sarcastically applauding his team-mates for poor defending.
According to Ukrainian outlet Tribuna, the Ukrainian Association of Football’s (UAF) Ethics and Fair Play Committee reviewed the incident amid concerns over potential match-fixing, but no issues were found.
Boyko later confirmed he had receive a phone call, but defended his supposed celebration as a reaction born of frustration and tiredness.
“If you watch the full match, you can see that I put my hands up and then get angry…
“How can a person who has traveled 20 hours on a bus rejoice at a goal from the other team?
“I watched the replay of the game. Everyone makes mistakes. Perhaps fatigue was showing somewhere.
“We went to Uzhgorod for a victory, we had to take three points there.
Bokyo added that no one on his team had asked about his strange reaction, and that the case was now closed.
“If you watch the full match, you can see from the other camera that I raise my hands up, and then start to drive my head to the sides – lamenting how we could have conceded this goal,” he continued.
“And that’s all, nothing more was said.”“