Alves and Thiago apologise for Barcelona goal celebration during win over Rayo Vallecano

The Blaugrana duo courted controversy for celebrating in a provocative manner after the Spain Under-21 midfielder scored his side's fifth in Sunday's 7-0 demolition at the Vallecas
Dani Alves and Thiago Alcantara have apologised unreservedly for their joint-goal celebration in the aftermath of the young midfielder's goal during Barcelona's 7-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano in La Liga.

After the Italy-born starlet had netted the fifth goal of the game at the Vallecas, he was accompanied by his Brazilian colleague in celebrating the strike, where they performed a dance number among themselves.

However, the celebration did not go down well with club captain Carles Puyol, who immediately broke up the sequence, while coach Pep Guardiola also condemned the duo after the match on Sunday.

"I want to apologise to the Rayo fans who felt offended by the dance. It was never my intention to offend anyone, I just wanted to have a good time," said Alves after the encounter.

"Because they told me once when I was a child that football was all about having a good time. Besides that, great job by the team."

Meanwhile, Thiago echoed his team-mates sentiments: "I apologise if I have offended Rayo during the celebration. The emotions running through me made me make a mistake. It won't happen again."

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