Ollie Watkins reveals Brentford fan abuse led to goal celebration that caused melee

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By Aprilia Reen

Aston Villa and Brentford players were involved in a goalmouth melee after Ollie Watkins’ winning goal against his old club.

Villa took the lead through Watkins in the 85th minute after Alex Moreno responded to Keane Lewis-Potter had put Brentford ahead earlier in the contest at the GTech Community Stadium.

Ollie Watkins reveals Brentford fan abuse led to goal celebration that caused melee


Watkins appeared to taunt his former supporters after his late goalCredit: Premier League

Watkins, who spent three years with the Bees, reacted the quickest by nodding in from a free-kick and immediately celebrated by pointing to the crowd while in the goal.

He then put his hands on his hips as his teammates celebrated with him.

That infuriated the Brentford players, including Saman Ghoddos, who tried to pull them out of the goal.

It led to a fracas as more players got involved, leading to a goalmouth scramble.


Ghoddos was booked for his role in the melee, as well as Ezri Konsa, who is also a former Brentford player.

Watkins cleared up the matter after the final whistle went and insisted one fan had been abusing him all day, prompting his reaction.

The England international told Sky Sports: “It was a bit of a feisty game. I think it all spurred from my celebration. It is not down to a lack of respect of Brentford fans.

“I love the club and all of the players and staff here. I have not got a bad word to say about them. I have done so much for the club and they have done so much for me.

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Brentford players were furious with Watkins after his goal


Brentford players were furious with Watkins after his goal
Ghoddos had reacted furiously to Villa's celebrations


Ghoddos had reacted furiously to Villa’s celebrations

“But there was one individual who was abusing me all game so it was only right that I celebrated in front of him.

“It wasn’t to anyone else, it was directed at him and that caused a bit of a reaction for the last 15 minutes.”

The fury continued later in the match, which finished 2-1 to Unai Emery’s side, with Villans midfielder Boubacar Kamara being sent off in stoppage time for pushing Yegor Yarmolyuk in the face.

It means that Villa will likely be without the Frenchman for three games, including a trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

Nevertheless, this was a vital three points for Emery with his side now flying up to second in the Premier League before Liverpool face United.

They sit a point behind league leaders Arsenal and might even consider themselves as title contenders this season.

But it could have been different had Brentford held firm after going a goal up through Lewis-Potter on the stroke of half-time.

Ben Mee was shown a straight red after a high challenge on Leon Bailey with VAR intervening in the 71st minute and moments later, Villa had their equaliser.

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Alex Moreno’s bullet header saw them grab the equaliser before Watkins gave Villa the winner.

His celebration did not go down well with the Brentford fans, though, as he pointed to the crowd.


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