Video: 'It was b****xology' - Eamon Dunphy slams Lionel Messi over two-player penalty
Lionel Messi's deft ‘Cruyff’ penalty during Barcelona’s 6-1 victory over Celta Vigo last night has attracted praise and criticism in equal measure.
While many were delighted when the Argentinian passed up the chance to score his 300th La Liga goal from the spot and instead used the kick to set up his team-mate Luis Suarez, others have described it as disrespectful.
Barça head coach Luis Enrique defended his players from the accusations of showboating after the game. "There will be those who like it and those who don't," he told reporters.
"As well as winning titles, here we try to entertain people and win in a spectacular and sporting manner. You can take a penalty like that, it's legal and there's a Cruyff penalty we all know."
Unbelievable penalty from Barca, Messi sets up Suarez. pic.twitter.com/goqcdRpRKr— Futbol Pictures (@FutbolPictures) February 14, 2016
Former Republic of Ireland international Eamon Dunphy joined a chorus of people who were far from impressed with the penalty routine.
"It totally lacked class... you have to respect your opponents and you have to respect the game and the history of the game," he said on Game On on RTE 2FM.
"None of the great players of the past would have ever dreamt of doing anything like that.
"Everyone who loves football, loves Messi and he has let himself down big time. He's let the game down and he should apologise and he should be reprimanded by his coach... you don't mess with the game. It's sacrosanct.
"The spirit of the game is bigger than the written rule.
"No matter how good you are, you don't mess with the game.
"He's missed penalties and he's missed a lot of them.
"He won't be doing that in a Champions League final if he gets there, he owes an apology to his opponents, to the fans and to the people who love him and made him rich and famous.
"That kind of b****xology... there's no place for it in the arsenal of a great player.
"You've got to respect the ethos of the game.
"It was cheap and self indulgent."