West Brom’s Charlie Austin has branded Alexandre Lacazette a “laughing stock” after the Arsenal striker was seen rolling on the floor, screaming at the top of his lungs after he was felled by a Burnley defender last weekend.
Lacazette, with his back to goal, had his ankle clipped. He subsequently fell to the floor, rolled on the floor several times, and shouted out load, screaming at the apparent pain.
The Arsenal striker required no treatment and finished the game seemingly free from injury, and the Match of the Day pundits mimicked his screaming in the studio later on Saturday, including former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.
Wright later revealed that he apologised directly to Lacazette as he felt he had gone too far.
And now Austin has had his say on Lacazette’s antics, labelling them “pathetic” and “ridiculous”.
Speaking about Lacazette’s scream on his Studs Up podcast, Austin said: “Pathetic, wasn’t it? There was no need for it.
“It makes it more [easy to hear] because there’s no fans in the stadium. Don’t get me wrong, it goes on in football but we don’t want to hear it do we.
“Let’s be honest, a full-grown man screaming like that is ridiculous. I think it just makes the football side of it a laughing stock really.
“What’s he doing? And then he gets up and continues! Stupid, man. I really don’t get it, it kind of puts a sour taste to many people watching.”
Austin was then asked what he thinks of opposition players “play-acting” to win fouls, yellow cards, and even sendings-off.
The striker, on loan at Championship club QPR, replied: “We know that they’re play-acting and they’re doing what they can to win a free-kick.
“And I do understand that, but it’s so frustrating! When you’re trying to do it, it’s the best thing ever – or someone in your team.
But when it’s someone else doing it and it’s over the top – or even if it is someone in your team doing it – sometimes it’s embarrassing.
“You’re like ‘What are you doing, mate?’ I mean, it’s too obvious. I just don’t like the way he [Lacazette] was doing it. It was stupid.”
Wright had mocked Lacazette for his behaviour on Match of the Day, practising his screaming alongside presenter Gary Lineker and fellow pundit Dion Dublin.
The Arsenal striker, who has worked with the club extensively in an ambassadorial role in recent years, admitted that he apologised to Lacazette.
We were digging out the screaming. My biggest mistake was screaming at the end. It was stupid,” Wright said on Wrighty’s House Podcast.
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“It wasn’t a problem for Gary Lineker, it wasn’t a problem for Dion Dublin, but at the same time I have to realise what it means for the Arsenal fanbase to feel like one of their own is digging them out.
“I can only say I’m digging out screaming. We’re talking about people who are screaming and get up and play on.
“The main thing was making it right with Lacazette, I’m not bothered about what comes back in terms of digging out about it, but I needed to make sure he was ok with it, and he was.”