World Cup Qualifiers: James Rodriguez Causes Middle Finger Storm
Controversy engulfed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in his native Colombia on Monday after he was photographed making an obscene gesture to journalists covering a Colombian national team training session.
Photo Credit: Getty Images
Bogota: Controversy engulfed Real Madrid star James Rodriguez in his native Colombia on Monday after he was photographed making an obscene gesture to journalists covering a Colombian national team training session.
Rodriguez gave the middle finger to journalists gathered outside the team's practice on Friday in Bogota ahead of their World Cup qualifier on Tuesday against Ecuador.
The gesture — which is called "the pistol" in Colombia — drew criticism from some in a country where the baby-faced captain is an idol.
"James lost his head, and his composure," sports editor Gabriel Meluk of Colombian daily El Tiempo wrote in a column.
A debate soon erupted on social media, with Colombians alternately criticizing and defending the 25-year-old star.
The picture even spawned its own hashtag on Twitter: #NoJodanAJames ("don't fu*k with James"), which was the social network's top trending topic in Colombia.
Supporters said Rodriguez was likely under a lot of pressure ahead of the match, with Colombia occupying the last automatic qualifying place for next year's World Cup in Russia, but only a point ahead of Ecuador and Chile.
"James Rodriguez is a humanly imperfect being. He puts up with a lot from the sports media's yellow (tabloid) journalism and destructive stories," wrote Twitter user Miryam Riveros.
The photographer who captured Rodriguez's gesture, Luis Acosta, said the footballer made it towards a group of journalists from a gym on the second story of the Colombian Football Federation's headquarters.
Neither Rodriguez nor the FCF responded when asked for a comment.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox - subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what's happening in the world around you – in real time.
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro and gain access to curated markets data, trading recommendations, equity analysis, investment ideas, insights from market gurus and much more. Get Moneycontrol PRO for 1 year at price of 3 months. Use code FREEDOM.
Recommended For You
- Captain America's Peggy Carter Says Her Story with Steve Rogers Had Fitting End in Avengers Endgame
- Reebok CrossFit Nano 9.0 Review: Slickest Evolution of Versatile Fitness Shoes
- Ashes 2019: Steve Smith Returns to Bat After Nasty Blow to the Neck
- Netflix Reveals Why Pankaj Tripathi Was the Perfect Choice for 'Guruji' in 'Sacred Games' 2
- Instead of Putting Unsold Stuff in a Garbage Dump, Amazon Will Donate it Instead