The LA Galaxy striker was slapped with a fine from the league for his risqué gesture after netting in last Friday's 2015 MLS season opener.
LA Galaxy captain Robbie Keane might have landed in hot water for his goal celebration in last Friday night’s 2-0 home win over the Chicago Fire, but the striker’s comments to MLSsoccer.com suggest he’s not too bothered.
Keane was fined for unprofessional conduct, the league announced this week, after punctuating his 81st-minute strike in LA’s season opener with a “bras d'honneur” gesture and a few expletives, with most left wondering who the message was directed towards.
The fans were posed as one answer in the aftermath, but the former Tottenham Hotspur forward has since rubbished those claims, insisting he was just showing a bit of “passion”.
“Who said that?” he questioned. “A million percent, it wasn't at the fans. So whoever said that, you can't speculate on something you don't know. It's not a big deal. It's nothing. It's passion.
“I know why I did it. I know it's going to get a reaction from everybody else, and if it's going to make us a better team, my job is done.”
The league’s reigning MVP also drew criticism from Diego Balado and former MLS and US national team star Marcelo Balboa – the commentators on the night, who suggested that Keane should be stripped of the captain’s armband for his attitude.
As one would have guessed, those remarks did not go down too well with the Irishman.
“Who are them guys?” he said. He was told their names, then added: “That's good. Next time they ask me to speak, we'll see.”
For what it’s worth, head coach Bruce Arena did not seem too concerned about Keane’s celebration either – again, not surprising after his star front man’s 19 goals and 14 assists in 2014 fired LA to their third MLS Cup title in four seasons.
“He'll be captain on Sunday,” the former US national team boss said. “You can let them know that.”