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Why was Alvaro Morata booked for his celebration against Bournemouth?

Chelsea striker put the ball under his shirt and sucked his thumb as his wife is pregnant

Alvaro Morata has earned himself a day off at Christmas.

But it certainly wasn’t intentional.

The Spanish forward will miss Chelsea’s clash with Everton on Saturday after being booked for celebrating… despite the fact he kept his shirt on and didn’t leave the field off play.

Alvaro Morata was booked for celebrating his last-minute winner

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Morata scored a dramatic late winner as Chelsea beat Bournemouth 2-1 to reach the Carabao Cup semi-finals at Stamford Bridge.

The 25-year-old picked the ball up and placed it under his shirt and sucked his thumb at the same time.

Presumably because his wife Alice Campello announced that she is pregnant last week.

Morata then celebrated further with team-mates and Chelsea fans, before a yellow card was brandished by referee Lee Mason.

Alvaro Morata put the ball under his shirt and sucked his thumb after it was announced that his wife is pregnant

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Classic pregnancy celebration

Fans were baffled as to why Chelsea will now be without their star striker against Everton.

As of yet, referee Lee Mason is yet to offer an explanation as to why Morata was booked though there are two theories.

One is that he was punished for kicking the ball away in the aftermath of the goal, an incident not picked up by the cameras, and was therefore time wasting.

The other is that he was booked for an ‘excessive celebration’ which would be incredibly harsh given the dramatic nature of the goal.

“Hands off my child!”

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“Hands off my child!”

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was thrilled with the quick-fire response from his side after Bournemouth had levelled moments before.

“It was important, because to go and to play 30 minutes more, I think it was a bit dangerous,” he said.

“We had a great reaction. It’s not simple to concede a goal in the last minute of the game. When you have this type of reaction, it means you have players with great character, great personality, great heart.”

Alvaro Morata is to become a dad after announcing his wife Alice is pregnant

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Alice Morata announced her pregnancy last week

Alvaro Morata and Alice Campello shared the news of her pregnancy with loved-up messages


Perhaps further proof that the rules of football don’t always align with the emotions of the game.

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