Australia's Tim Cahill Promotes Sponsor TripADeal Following Goal Against Syria
Australian footballer Tim Cahill "has come under fire" after using his World Cup qualifying playoff-winning goal celebration to "promote his personal sponsor," according to the London INDEPENDENT. The former Everton striker scored both goals as Australia "squeezed past Syria on Tuesday to keep the Socceroos' World Cup dreams alive." Cahill, "famed for his iconic boxing the corner flag celebration, ditched his usual post-goal amateur dramatics" in favor of running around the field "with his arms outstretched like a plane." Following his "last gasp extra-time winner," Cahill made a T symbol above his head toward the crowd. Fans "noticed a change before travel outlet TripADeal thanked their brand ambassador in an Instagram post" shortly after the game. The post has since been deleted (INDEPENDENT, 10/12).
NEWS.COM.AU, 10/12). In Sydney, Jenna Clarke wrote how do you "celebrate a major milestone for yourself and your country?" If you are Cahill, "you use your moment of glory to plug your Byron Bay-based travel agent." Calls and emails by Fairfax Media to the "Contiki-for-Yuppies-type business" went unanswered on Thursday. The company offered National Rugby League player Jarryd Hayne A$400,000 to stay with the Gold Coast Titans earlier this year (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 10/12).
This just shows Tim Cahill only cares about the $ and self promtion a goal celebration is not the time to promote a brand that’s paying you https://t.co/sz1qtIYn2V— Michelle Lumby 🛫 (@shellstravels24) October 12, 2017