Roman Shirokov is an association football defensive midfielder for Zenit, the Russian football club from the city of Saint Petersburg.
During the final moments of the Russian Premier League season after his payback goal, Shirokov celebrated by giving fans behind the goal an "up yours" gesture.
This brought the player on to jeers and boos since the crowd, especially the one to which Shirokov addressed to, was much offended. He was also given a red card by the referee after which he was off the field.
Although he is described as a ‘deep-lying midfielder’ with an aptitude for scoring goals, Shirokov has a history of being a ‘bad boy’ of the football club. He is also infamous for his Twitter account where he voices a lot of his (unnecessary) opinions that often lead to controversies. ITV in an article last year wrote about the player:
“… A number of disciplinary scrapes have given Shirokov something of a bad-boy reputation in Russia. He's known as 'Mister Twitter' in his homeland, apt - much like Joey Barton - to use social media to vent his uncompromising views.”
There is history of players with a good goal record to misbehave during matches. It’s probably because the fame just hits their heads too hard.
Also, celebratory gestures of players often spark into controversies. Just this March, Greek footballer Giorgos Katidis scored a goal and got quite exited and put up his hand towards the crowd and did a Nazi salute. It cost him his whole career as the budding footballer was banned from the sport for life.
Check out Roman Shirokov’s gesture in the video above.