Jozy Altidore scores twice on debut but gets middle finger from fan

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After only scoring one goal in 42 league appearances for Sunderland, you cannot blame Jozy Altidore for wanting to celebrate scoring on his debut. 

His Toronto FC side overcame Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 in the MLS season opener, with Altidore scoring twice. His second goal came courtesy of a paneka penalty, showing that despite his barren run, he has not lost any self-confidence. 

One fan did not share his joy at the audacious penalty though.

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As Altidore peeled away to celebrate the chip, Whitecaps fan Kirsty Olychick gave the American the middle-finger gesture. The amusing photo was taken by photographer Duncan Nicol and quickly went viral. 

Altidore did see the funny side of the incident after the game, uploading the picture to his Instagram account, with the caption: 'Caption this... Lol 😂#TFC #banter' 

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Altidore speaks out

Altidore spoke to the Toronto Sun about the incident, saying: "Someone asked what I thought. I thought it was cool. It captures what the game means to them, what the rivalry means to them."

Olychick was also tracked down by the same paper and admitted it was a heat-of-the-moment reaction and that she meant no offence towards the striker. 

She said: "I don't think he even noticed I was doing it, nothing was said to me at the time.

"I am completely surprised at the reaction it is getting and, thankfully, most of it is positive. I heard he was amused by the picture and really that is all that matters. If I had a chance to talk to him, I would make sure he wasn't offended as it was nothing malicious. It is all in good banter."

25-year-old Altidore began his career Stateside with the New York Red Bulls. He had spells with Villarreal, Xerez, Hull City, Bursaspor and AZ Alkmaar before joining up with Gus Poyet's side. His figures in English football are truly tragic, with just two goals in 70 appearances for Hull and Sunderland. 

In January, the Wearside club agreed a deal to swap Altidore for Jermaine Defoe, who had grown disillusioned with life in the Canadian city. 

Toronto face Columbus Crew on Saturday night. Let's hope everyone keeps their middle fingers to themselves. 

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