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French footballers celebrate goal with a kiss

French footballers celebrate goal with a kiss

It’s not uncommon for footballers to celebrate a goal by hugging or by jumping into each others arms.

But Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud, two members of the French national team, were so overcome with joy after a goal in a game against Germany this week that they kissed!

According to the English-language French news site The Local, Debuchy, a midfielder with Lille, passed the ball to Giroud who scored – his first goal for the national team.

It was the first of France’s two goals during the game and propelled the team to a 2-1 victory over Germany.

The widely-seen kiss has gone viral with just under 185,000 views on YouTube as of Friday afternoon PST.

It also occurred during the same week that British footballers Nile Ranger and Manny Smith were fined for homophobic tweets.

The UK’s Football Association said to all players that comments on Twitter or other social networking sites which make ‘reference to a person’s ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, faith, gender, sexual orientation or disability may be considered aggravated and attract a higher disciplinary sanction.’ Debuchy then ran to Giroud who grabbed his head with both hands and kissed his teammate.