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Jude Bellingham footage resurfaces proving he did same celebration months ago as England ace faces Uefa ban over gesture

FOOTAGE has resurfaced proving Jude Bellingham did his controversial England celebration months ago with Real Madrid.

The Three Lions star faces a ban for the X-rated gesture performed after netting a last-gasp equaliser in Sunday’s 2-1 Euros win over Slovakia.

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Footage proves Jude Bellingham has performed his celebration against Slovakia before[/caption]

Bellingham did the same thing when he netted a last-gap winner in the El Clasico derby
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Bellingham saved Gareth Southgate’s side from a last-16 exit with a magnificent overhead kick just 90 seconds before full-time.

The goal sent the game to extra time, and England set up a quarter-final tie with Switzerland thanks to a timely header from Harry Kane.

However, Bellingham courted controversy as he performed a bizarre celebration in the wake of his strike.

The ace appeared to gesture grabbing his crotch, with some claiming it was made in the direction of Slovakia’s bench.

Bellingham has denied the accusation, claiming: “It was an inside joke gesture towards some close friends who were at the game.”

He added: “Nothing but respect for how that Slovakia team played tonight.”

Despite pleading his innocence, Bellingham now faces a Uefa probe and could end up being banned from Saturday’s last-eight fixture against the Swiss.

However, it has now emerged that Bellingham has performed the same celebration before, indicating that it was indeed an inside joke for friends and not a spur-of-the-moment incident.

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The midfielder did the exact same gesture when he netted a late winner in Real Madrid’s 3-2 El Clasico victory against Barcelona.

And he will be hoping it is enough to see him spared by Uefa ahead of the weekend.


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Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was fined £17,000 for a similar celebration in 2019[/caption]

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Cristiano Ronaldo got the same punishment when he scored against Simeone’s side[/caption]


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A statement from the football chiefs confirmed an investigation is underway today for a “potential violation of the basic rules of decent conduct.”

But Uefa’s decision was blasted by former England star and BBC host Gary Lineker.

He tweeted: “For crying out loud, the Euro celebration police are looking into Jude Bellingham. Ridiculous!”

Crimes and punishments

Other players have had the book thrown at them for making crude gestures. Here’s a list of some of the most famous offenders…

Dele Alli was banned for one match by Fifa and fined £3,500 for raising his middle finger in a World Cup qualifier against… SLOVAKIA… in 2017. He claimed it was just a friendly joke aimed at Kyle Walker.

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone was slapped with a £17,000 fine for improper conduct for his bizarre crotch-grabbing celebration against Juventus in a Champions League first leg tie in 2019.

Then-Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo then repeated the act when he scored against Atletico in the return leg and was hit with an identical fine. He escaped a ban though.

Montpellier coach Rene Girard was hit with a one-match European ban and fined £4,000 for raising his finger to opposite number Huub Stevens at the end of a 2012 Champions League clash against Schalke 04.

Previously, Uefa fined Diego Simeone £17,000 for a similar gesture during Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 Champions League win over Juventus in February 2019.

The following month, Cristiano Ronaldo mocked Simeone with the same celebration as his hat-trick saw Juve overcome their first-leg defeat against Atleti.

He was fined a similar fee, but neither man received a ban for their actions.

Gareth Southgate could be forced into some changes if Bellingham is banned
He could decide to play Phil Foden in midfield with two strikers
Alternatively, Cole Palmer could be move into midfield

England ratings: Bellingham rescues woeful Three Lions as big names, and manager, have a shocker

JUDE BELLINGHAM’S majestic overhead kick deep into stoppage time saved England from a humiliating Euros exit.

Gareth Southgate’s side had been utterly woeful and looked to be heading home thanks to Ivan Schranz’s clever finish.

But Bellingham came to the rescue in the 96th minute, brilliantly firing into the corner after Marc Guehi had flicked on Kyle Walker’s long throw.

Remarkably, it was England’s first shot on target, summing how poor they had been.

But another one came soon after, as 53 seconds into extra-time, Harry Kane headed home from close range to set up a quarter-final with Switzerland.

It was as close a shave as it comes, and if they play like this against the Swiss, then they will be toast.

Here’s how Tom Barclay rated England’s stars… and manager Southgate.

Jordan Pickford: 5

Appeared to hurt his left hand when taking a big whack in the warm-up, but still played. Fired a lot of long balls and was lucky not to be lobbed by David Strelec’s 45-yard strike.

Kyle Walker: 4

England’s second-most experienced player had a shocker. He looked uncharacteristically slow, his touch was heavy and his crossing was nowhere near good enough. But it was his long throw that led to Bellingham’s magic.

John Stones: 4

Said it was time for the senior pros to step up in the build-up to the game, but there was little sign of that until Bellingham did his thing, and he is only 21. Stones fired aimless long balls, gave it away and it was his mistake that almost led to Strelec’s trying his luck from range.

Marc Guehi: 5

Booked early after Kieran Trippier’s underhit pass meant he had to take out the excellent David Strelec, meaning he is out of the quarter-final. Ivan Schranz bamboozled him for Slovakia’s opener but his flick-on to Bellingham brought the leveller.

Kieran Trippier: 4

When Jude Bellingham’s good ball found Trippier on the edge of the box early doors, on his favoured right foot, you thought, ‘Here we go’. He smashed it into Row Z.

Declan Rice: 5

An old-school reducer on Juraj Kucka was a fair tackle, even if it left the 37-year-old hobbling. His curling effort with ten minutes to go cracked against the post.

Kobbie Mainoo: 6

FIRST start at a major tournament and our only decent performer in an horrendous first half from England. Blasted a volley over but was also booked for a late tackle.

Bukayo Saka: 5

We all know what a fantastic player Saka is for Arsenal, and for England in games gone by, but he rarely threatened here. Did go the distance though, and in a number of positions.

Jude Bellingham: 7 and STAR MAN

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. He had underwhelmed again until the 96th minute, but who cares when you step up like that.

Phil Foden: 4

Thought he had levelled early in the second half but his tap-in was ruled out by VAR after he was caught being, inexplicably, offside. Just off it all night, in danger of being dropped.

Harry Kane: 6

Still way off his best – he was nowhere to be seen in the first half and missed a free header after the break – but got it right when it counted in extra time.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Cole Palmer (on for Kieran Trippier, 66): 7

FANS were on their feet applauding when Southgate finally made a change and brought him on. So lively and with a lovely delivery, must be in with a chance of starting against the Swiss.

Eberechi Eze (on for Kobbie Mainoo, 84): 6

Did enough to put off Slovak full-back Peter Pekarik from turning home at close range in extra-time. Looked like he had been hit by a train when Denis Vavro walloped into him.

Ivan Toney (on for Phil Foden, 90): 7

GRABBED the assist for Kane’s winner by flicking on after a free-kick – which he had won with his strength – had been cleared.

Conor Gallagher (on for Harry Kane, 105): 6

Southgate rolled the dice in extra-time by trying to shut the game out, taking his captain off for the Chelsea midfielder.

Ezri Konsa (on for Jude Bellingham, 105): 6

Ditto to Gallagher as Konsa got his first minutes of the tournament in place of the hero Bellingham, which felt a risky strategy.

MANAGER

Gareth Southgate: 3.

A lucky, lucky man. Tactically, his team were all long ball, lacked any movement, and did not conjure up a shot on target until Bellingham’s wonder strike – and that came from Walker chucking it in the mixer. Subs took ages in the 90 and then felt risky as he sought to see the game out in extra-time.

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