TWO players in Spain’s third tier have been forced to apologise after pretending to snort cocaine during a Robbie Fowler-style goal celebration.
The bizarre celebration was recorded during a Segunda Division B match between UD Melilla and Cartagena.
Melilla went ahead thanks to a goal from winger Heber Pena – who celebrated his strike with Moroccan defender Soufiane Chakla.
During the incredible video, Chakla appears to imitate sprinkling powder on his hand.
Both players then fake sniffing it off their hand before jogging off with a smirk on their faces.
The 26-cap England international was slapped with a six-game ban for the stunt.
Melilla, who went on to lose the match 2-1, have released a statement apologising for the players’ actions.
It read: “We regret the way our two footballers celebrated the goal in our last match against Cartagena.
“We think the joke got out of hand, but whether it was intended or not, it’s not the image we try to give as a club.”
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Defender Chakla said the pair were not imitating snorting cocaine but instead inhaling tobacco from Morroco.
He said: “I want to clear something up, the celebration didn’t make reference to cocaine or any other drug.
“That would be the last thing I’d do on a pitch in front of children we are an example for.
“We were imitating something from down here, sniffed tobacco – taba or rappel – something that Heber didn’t know about and I told him about. Nothing else.
“If at any time it seemed different we apologise, but from now we are focusing only on our match against UCAM Murcia and not on this nonsense.”