Lucy Staniforth was shown a red card for reportedly running the length of the pitch, Adebayor-style, to celebrate in front of a fan who had been taunting her all game, except that isn’t really an accurate description of what happened.
As Birmingham beat Sunderland 1-0 on Sunday, Staniforth used the opportunity of scoring the late winner to really stick it to a fan who had reportedly been giving her serious grief for the whole game.
With smaller crowds and tighter grounds, individual abuse is hard to ignore in the women’s game and Staniforth couldn’t let this go.
While the Daily Telegraph reported, “Quite what led to Staniforth celebrating in front of a home fan, running the length of the pitch to do so, is unclear,” we are led to believe that it was the constant taunts from the fan, who was also removed from the ground at the request of the referee, that prompted the reaction.
It is also claimed that Staniforth also gave the V sign to the fan while swearing at them. Although the video below isn’t the clearest, it’s hardly the same sort of thing as Adebayor at all…
GOOOAAL! @lucystan37 scores from a free kick … 1-0 to the Blues & then remarkably before the restart is shown a red card?!! Bizarre scenes @SAFCLadies 0-1 @BCFCwomen 5 mins to go. Still waiting to kick off. #WomensFACup pic.twitter.com/rSYKRs7ak4
— Jen O'Neill (@SheKicksdotnet) February 16, 2020