After Frank Lampard scored a volley from inside the box against Chelsea, a club where he played for 13 years and many people thought he would never leave, the midfielder refused to celebrate and appeared almost disappointed in himself while his Manchester City teammates jumped around him.
This lack of excitement on his part has been seen as ridiculous by a small but outspoken group of individuals who would have liked to see him run to the Manchester City supporters and pumped his fist like he had just won the Champions League again.
However, critics have looked at this in completely the wrong way, as the celebration was not to pacify his old supporters, but rather for his own dignity.
If Lampard had played for Chelsea for a much shorter number of years, or even if he had left the club more than a season or two ago, then it would have been perfectly understandable for him to be happy about his equalising goal, but this is a club he has surprisingly just left after over a decade during the summer.
To celebrate with his new and unfamiliar fans or in front of his previous ones would be like taunting a good friend over his recent painful breakup, not only is it insulting to him, but it is mostly a sign of an unpleasant personality with little dignity.
Of course, if the Chelsea fans had booed him as he was substituted onto the pitch, then it would have been perfectly understandable for him to restore his pride and give back as good as he got, but the fact that they applauded his just as warmly, if not more so than the Manchester City fans, meant that both sets of supporters would be understanding of his choice of celebration and he chose to celebrate has the Chelsea player in him would.
That did not mean that he resented bringing joy to City fans or scoring in a Premier League game, simply that he is a professional and that he is aware of the greater picture when he scores, regardless of the team he is playing for, as shown in his post-match interview where he appeared satisfied with his performance without being overly gleeful.
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