ROBBIE FOWLER: The grass-eating celebration saga
On This Day In 1999, Liverpool won the Merseyside derby over Everton 3-2 in a match best remembered for a provocative goal celebration by Robbie Fowler. Fowler used the white line of the penalty area to simulate cocaine use. Afterward, Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier stated that this was a Cameroonian grass-eating celebration, learnt from teammate Rigobert Song. The FA clearly disagreed and suspended him. Liverpool fined him £60,000 for bringing the game into disrepute. Fowler received a further two match suspension due to a separate incident in which he had homophobically taunted Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux by waving his backside at him as Le Saux’s wife and children watched from the stands. Fowler later attempted to justify his actions by suggesting his taunts were simply an extension of gamesmanship. The FA handed him a £32,000 fine and a six-match ban for the two incidents.