Morgan Gibbs-White sparks mass brawl with his former club
Morgan Gibbs-White sparks mass brawl with his former club Wolves by celebrating in front of the away fans after Dean Henderson’s penalty heroics sent Nottingham Forest into the Carabao Cup semi-finals
- Dean Henderson saved two penalties to send Forest into Carabao Cup semi-final
- There were ugly scenes at the finale as players became involved in mass brawl
- Ex-Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White celebrated in front of the away fans
- 22-year-old slid in front of them and put his fingers to his ears when Forest won
- Others including Henderson replicated celebration which angered opposition
Morgan Gibbs-White had the last laugh against his former club as Nottingham Forest’s penalty shoot-out win over Wolves sparked a huge melee soon after the final whistle.
Gibbs-White left boyhood club Wolves to join Forest for £25million last summer, and provoked the away fans by sliding in front of them in celebration and putting his fingers to his ears when Forest’s win was sealed.
It brought back memories of Emmanuel Adebayor in 2009, when he scored for Manchester City against former club Arsenal before running the length of the field to celebrate at the Gunners end.
Morgan Gibbs-White had the last laugh against his former club as Nottingham Forest beat Wolves on penalties
The former Wolves midfielder slid in front of the away fans and put his fingers in his ears, sparking unsavoury scenes
When Forest goalkeeper Dean Henderson, the hero in the shoot-out with saves from Ruben Neves and Joe Hodge, repeated Gibbs-White’s gesture, it seemed too much for the Wolves players, with Adama Traore, Matheus Cunha and Toti Gomes all involved in the confrontations that followed.
An FA charge for both clubs appears inevitable.
Video footage captured the moment that Gibbs-White and Toti clashed in the middle of the furore.
The wild celebrations from the Forest players sparked a mass brawl between players and coaching staff
Gibbs-White appeared to clash with Wolves’ Matheus Nunes and needed separating by stewards
Several stewards were forced to intervene during the ugly scenes – which even injured Forest star Jesse Lingard – who played no part in the tie – appeared to be apart of.
As Forest fans absorbed the ecstasy of reaching the semi-finals, there were separate scuffles breaking out all over the pitch.
There had been an undercurrent of tension throughout the evening, with Wolves furious they were not awarded a late penalty when Nunes was brought down by Emmanuel Dennis.
It sparked the first brawl of the game, albeit a less dramatic one, and led to Podence, Nunes, Aurier and even Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui being booked for their involvements.
Dean Henderson also mimicked the celebration along with other Forest players in ugly scenes
Gibbs-White and Jack Colback did the same celebrations when they tucked home their penalties
But as if Wolves’ heartbreaking quarter-final defeat on penalties was not enough to deal with, the wild celebrations were a step too far the away side.
This was a pivotal game in both side’s seasons and with tensions high, Gibbs-White did not try and hide any emotions.
In the build-up to the week, he exclusively revealed to Sportsmail that he had been falling out of love with football amid a lack of minutes at Molineux.
He was relishing reaching the semi-finals with Forest – which he has accomplished – but the explosive scenes mar what was a thrilling Carabao Cup quarter-final full of twists and turns before the chaos unfolded.
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