LONDON (AFP) – Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis revealed his French flag-waving goal celebration against West Ham was intended as a show of unity with his country after the Islamist attacks in Paris.
Gomis set up Swansea’s 74th minute equaliser at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday when his header hit a post and rebounded into the net off unlucky Hammers midfielder Mark Noble for an own goal.
The 29-year-old France international turned away to celebrate and ran to the Swansea bench where he was handed a French flag, holding it aloft to show his respect for the 17 people who lost their lives in the horrific three-day killing spree in the French capital this week.
“It wasn’t an easy week for all French people and I wanted to join my country even though I don’t live there any more,” Gomis told Swansea’s official website.
“I am happy Swansea supported me in this difficult time to provide me with the armband and the French flag to show my support towards my country.”