RICHARD ORD: Footballers should get extra points for goal celebrations

Adam Johnson celebrates scoring the second goal.'Newcastle United FC v Sunderland AFC'Barclays Premier League, St James' Park.'Sunderland won 3-0

Adam Johnson celebrates scoring the second goal.'Newcastle United FC v Sunderland AFC'Barclays Premier League, St James' Park.'Sunderland won 3-0

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LAST week I came up with a small action plan to improve the modern football game and it was good to see that it inspired others to follow suit, namely the Oman Football Association.

This week they banned excessive goal celebrations and unusual hairstyles. I like the cut of their jib.

While they didn’t credit this column for the inspiration, the ideas do have some merit.

Clearly there needs to be some more flesh put on the bones, but it’s a step in the right direction.

However, I personally believe the game could be improved not by banning goal celebrations, but by awarding extra half-points for exceptional goal celebrations.

Football matches can such dull affairs.

What better way then to entertain the fans than with elaborately choreographed goal celebrations featuring human pyramids, pyrotechnics and the occasional dancing elephant?

The day an England goal celebration directed by, say, Baz Luhrmann picks up a Golden Globe will be a good day for football.