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The celebration conspiracy that took the internet by storm simply isn’t true

FIFA rules state that 'all players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play' for a kick-off to take place

Who doesn’t love a conspiracy theory?

One minute you’re watching Isco Alcaron-Magical|Crazy Dribbling Skills & Goals 2018|HD, the next you’re seven hours into an Illuminati in Hip Hop marathon.

So when football and conspiracies met in a perfect marriage between our two favourite things in life we couldn’t have been happier.

You may have caught the discussions around why Jose Fonte and Kieran Trippier were supposedly stopped from celebrating with their team-mates after important late goals.


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The theory was that as soon as all the celebrating players left the pitch, the opposition would be allowed to kick-off.

Hence why Joao Moutinho was praised for demanding Fonte stayed on the pitch following Cristiano Ronaldo’s 88th minute free-kick

Even with Jordan Pickford in goal, you’re not stopping a 10-on-1.

We don’t want to piss on your cornflakes, but the greatest conspiracy of 2018 is a complete sham.

After going through FIFA’s Laws of the Game 2018/19- not a patch on 50 Shades of John O’Shea- it’s clear that there’s been a misunderstanding.

FIFA rules state that: “For every kick-off, all players, except the player taking the kick-off, must be in their own half of the field of play.

“In the event of any other kick-off procedure offence the kick-off is retaken.”

So there you have it.

It seems it was a pure coincidence that Trippier didn’t celebrate with the rest of his team-mates, rather than a quick-thinking bit of genius.

Not that we think any less of the Bury Beckham.

As long as his right foot possesses the accuracy of a laser-guided key cutter he can do as he pleases.