Football News Update: Antony Defends Celebration in FA Cup Semi-Final Win

In a thrilling FA Cup semi-final, Manchester United winger Antony has defended his celebration after the club’s victory over Coventry City at Wembley Stadium. The match ended in a 3-3 draw, leading to a penalty shootout, which United won 4-2 to secure their spot in the final.

Antony, the 24-year-old Brazilian, was seen cupping his ears towards the Coventry players after Rasmus Hojlund scored the winning penalty. The forward has since released a statement on X, explaining that his reaction was a “natural defence of my club” due to the “way our fans were treated by their player.”

Earlier, Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag had backed Antony’s actions, while former Coventry forward and pundit Clinton Morrison criticized the player, saying he “needs to concentrate on himself because he could be playing in the Championship next season.”

In contrast, United captain Harry Maguire was praised for his sportsmanship, shaking hands with the Coventry players immediately after the winning penalty.

“not even I would do this”

The victory sets up a second successive FA Cup final for Manchester United, who will face off against their city rivals, Manchester City, in a highly anticipated match.

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