For screaming in pain over a fault suffered during the meeting between Burnley and Arsenal on Saturday in the Premier League, Alexandre Lacazette was copiously mocked in England, in particular by Ian Wright. The legendary former Arsenal striker has since called the Frenchman to apologize.
After the mockery, the explanations. Saturday, with his colleagues of “Match of the day”, the flagship and unchanging program of the BBC, Ian Wright attacked Alexandre Lacazette, accusing him of having done tons after having suffered a fault during the meeting between Burnley and Arsenal (1-1), counting for the 27th day of the Premier League. Victim of a charge from former Amiens Erik Pieters in the second half, the Gunners striker rolled to the ground and especially screamed in pain for long seconds, perhaps for fear of being seriously injured.
Very, very intense cries, but ultimately nothing serious since he was able to get up and quickly take his place. Pieters, he was given a yellow card on this sequence which continues to be controversial in England, Lacazette being accused of having added a lot. From the final whistle, Burnley’s coach, Sean Dyche, took a tackle. “Some screams were really good today. I hadn’t heard that for a long time,” he said, ironic about the score that Lacazette could have reached on the “criometer”.
Ian Wright’s regrets
Former England internationals Ian Wright, Gary Lineker and Dion Dublin, now consultants for English television, went even further on the set of “Match of the day”. They had fun imitating his fall and his cries of pain as they fell from their chairs. To the delight of Internet users. “This season we notice that footballers scream a lot when they are touched, even very lightly. But I think we have the cry of the season,” Lineker joked. Also very hard on Lacazette, Ian Wright however expressed regret.
The former Arsenal striker (1991-1998) even insisted on calling the Frenchman to tell him that he should not have laughed at him as he could. “I was wrong. I contacted him so that we could clarify things. My biggest mistake was the screaming. It was stupid,” he admitted in his podcast Wrighty’s House. While adding: “The screams, for me, are not necessary.”
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