Neal Maupay and James Maddison in dust-up over copied darts celebration | Football

Neal Maupay entertained Ivan Toney with his goal celebration (Picture: Getty Images)

James Maddison did not take kindly to Neal Maupay copying his darts goal celebration after giving Brentford the lead over Tottenham on Wednesday night.

Maddison is a big darts fan and has long celebrated his goals by throwing an imaginary arrow towards the crowd in an homage to the oche.

However, it was Maupay aiming at the invisible treble 20 on Wednesday after scoring for the Bees 15 minutes into their clash with Spurs in north London.

The Frenchman, who is never afraid of winding up opponents, scored a scrappy goal and then copied Maddison’s celebration, with Ivan Toney joining his teammate in the darts stance.

The Brentford pair certainly enjoyed their joke, having a good laugh about it, but Maddison was less impressed.

The England international gave Maupay a pat on the back of the head after the celebration which could have been friendly, but it quickly got tetchy as the Frenchman gave him a meatier slap back and the pair briefly tussled.

It was handbags, but clearly the Spurs star felt disrespected by the impish Bee.


Toney joined Maupay on the oche (Picture: Getty Images)
James Maddison has long been using the darts-inspired goal celebration (Picture: Getty Images)

Maddison was making his first start for Tottenham since November after recovering from an ankle injury suffered in defeat to Chelsea nearly three months ago.

The 27-year-old scored three league goals before his unfortunate injury and was looking very impressive, so is looking to rediscover that form as quickly as possible after his return.

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