West Ham Striker Michail Antonio Believes VAR Has ‘Killed’ His Goal Celebrations

West Ham Striker Michail Antonio Believes VAR Has ‘Killed’ His Goal Celebrations

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Michail Antonio has stopped his outlandish dance celebrations due to VAR “killing them”.

The West Ham striker has treated us to shapes aplenty over the years, ranging from the ‘Carlton’ to ‘the Running Man’ and even a Homer Simpson impression.

He’s tried to teach Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville one of his signature routines and fans have always enjoyed seeing what the 31-year-old will produce next.

Last night, however, Antonio’s celebrations were muted by his standards as he scored a brace in West Ham’s 2-1 win at Burnley.

And post-match, he’s revealed that having goals disallowed by VAR has led to him toning things down when it comes to goal celebrations.

“I’ve had a couple of goals disallowed by VAR. I thought ‘I don’t want to be there doing a dance and the goal gets disallowed,” Antonio told Sky Sports, as per Lancs Live.

“I’ve toned down my celebrations. A couple of times I’ve been about to do one and had a handball or whatever… VAR has killed it.”

The win at Turf Moor, which came after two straight defeats, moved West Ham into fifth place just three behind Chelsea, who are occupying the final Champions League qualification spot with four games remaining.

Image: PA
Image: PA

Antonio has come through the ranks at Non-League and lower league level and the thought of playing in European football’s premier club competition is understandably one that excites him.

He added: “It would be unbelievable. Every boy wants to play in the Champions League.

“This is my sixth year now and there’s been so many seasons where we’re fighting at the bottom of the table trying to stay in the league.

“Now we have an opportunity with the top four to go for the Champions League and it’s a dream come true. We’re not going to give up on it, we’re going to keep fighting and keep pushing.’

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