In the FA Cup semifinal matchup against Sheffield United, Man City supporters engaged in a weird celebration, know why do fans turn their backs
Manchester City is having yet another outstanding season. They recently qualified for the FA Cup final, will play Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals, and are in command of the Premier League.
This past weekend, Riyad Mahrez scored one of his three goals for Man City, surprising the world with a rather peculiar celebration at Wembley during the FA Cup semifinal game against Sheffield United.
On social media, a picture of Man City fans jumping simultaneously in Wembley Stadium in celebration of a goal turned their backs and huddled their shoulders.
Why do Man City fans turn their backs during celebrations
A Champions League game in Poland in 2010 marked the beginning of the Man City fans turning away while cheering goals. After observing the gesture done by Lech Poznan’s supporters, they reciprocated at home.
Supporters of Lech Poznan have been performing the popular Grecque in Poland for decades. It’s merely another way of celebrating a goal; it doesn’t mean anything unpleasant or have any negative undertones.
Unlike previous occasions when fans walked away in protest, the Grecque is an absolutely happy event.
The Grecque, often known as the Poznan by Man City supporters, has also been performed by FC Copenhagen in Denmark, Celtic in Scotland, Ajax in the Netherlands, and Eintracht Frankfurt in Germany.
As a result, following the Champions League match, Manchester City supporters turned around to honour Lech Poznan and celebrate a goal.
To mock the Citizens, several teams have, nevertheless, frequently made the gesture when they played them.
Meanwhile, Riyad Mahrez’s hat trick helped Manchester City through to the FA Cup final and kept their hopes of winning the triple alive.
Sheffield United matched Pep Guardiola’s team for the duration of the first half, but ultimately lost 3-0. Mahrez scored two more goals after the break after converting a penalty late in the first half.
Guardiola made changes to his team in anticipation of next week’s crucial Premier League match against Arsenal, but City, who had lost their previous three FA Cup semifinals, still had too much for Sheffield United, allowing the latter to refocus on getting promoted from the Championship.
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