Jonas Gutierrez celebrates goal with Spiderman mask
JONÁS Gutiérrez was delighted to finally perform his Spiderman celebration at Newcastle United, although he wished it had not been such a long wait for the moment he put on his mask.
Gutiérrez scored only his second goal for United in the 6-1 thrashing of Barnsley at the weekend and, having refused to don the mask in protest at stories claiming he wanted to leave earlier this season, St James’ Park finally got to see their superhero.
However, the Argentina international revealed the mask has paid the price for spending so many games stuffed down his shorts after giving it to the injured José Enríque as a present.
“I don’t know how long the mask has been down there, but it did not smell very nice when I put it on,” said Gutiérrez (pictured right), who will not take the mask to the World Cup with Argentina.
“I had to do it, it has been a long wait. People were talking about it when I signed because I had worn it in Spain.
“I had it last season, the same one, but did not use it at all. I cannot actually remember the last time I put one on. I never thought it would take so long for me to have a chance to put it on. It does smell.
“When I gave it to Jose I did warn him it did not smell very good. I have cleaned it once or twice.
“I did feel a little sorry for José because he has just came back from injury. I wanted to give it to him as a gesture of my support for him. He did the right thing.
“He felt something was not quite right and he came off to stop it getting any worse.
“I don’t know whether to let him keep it. I might have to ask for it back because it might be a lucky one now.”
Gutiérrez was famous for the celebration in La Liga with Real Mallorca, an idea which came to him after meeting a young fan in a cinema the night before a game.