Raul Jimenez has again come under fire for donning a mask after scoring in the FA Cup semi-final, this time from Watford legend Luther Blissett.
The Mexico international was criticised afterwards by Watford captain Troy Deeney, who called Jimenez a ‘loser’ for wearing the mask.
Jimenez said he would put on the headgear from WWE Mexican-American wrestler Sin Cara if he scored. The 27-year-old striker obliged after netting his 16th goal of the season, which put Wolves 2-0 yesterday only for Gerard Deulofeu’s double and Deeney’s penalty to send Nuno Espirito Santo’s side home heartbroken.
Speaking to talkSPORT , Blissett said: “Jimenez will be embarrassed and putting masks on is disrespectful.
“If you want to be a cartoon character, you should go and get another job.
“You score your goals and you celebrate with your fans and team-mates and that’s where it should start and end.”
But former Wolves forward Stephen Elliott has come out in support of the Mexican.
He tweeted: “Lighten up people. He celebrated goal a bit differently. With the amount of real problems developing in our game surely this bit of fun is the least of the problems. Some folk love a moan! We need characters in (the) game. You do wonder at times?”
Blissett’s criticism comes after Deeney hit out at Jimenez’s celebration after the game.
“I’m glad he put that mask on, now he can wear it out now he’s a loser. So, yeah, enjoy the mask but we got the victory,” said Deeney.
“I didn’t see the mask thing, so I’m quite happy I only saw it now because I probably would’ve lost my head.
“I think you’ve got to wear the mask and do all that stuff when you know you’re going to win the game.”
It was Jimenez’s 16th goal of the season but his first since his loan from Benfica was made into a £32m permanent move, smashing Wolves’ transfer record.
Wolves fans also felt the brunt of a verbal attack after being accused of spitting at Watford supporters by former Hornets and Birmingham goalkeeper Tony Coton, who sat in the stands watching the game.
Coton, who is now a senior scout at Sunderland, took to Twitter and said: “To those Wolves fans that were sitting above us and hurling abuse and being total d**** at 2-0 up then at 2-2 to start spitting on Watford fans below you got what you deserved!”
Meanwhile, Deeney insisted it was for others to decide if he is a Watford legend after helping them to their first final since 1984, in reference to an interview he did in the build-up to the semi-final.
The Brummie’s last-gasp penalty took his tally to 11 goals this season and 150 career goals in 503 league and cup games, of which 123 have been for Watford, in 367 matches since he joined them for £500,000 from Walsall nearly nine years ago.
Deeney replied: “I said you can’t be a legend while you’re playing and it’s not up to me to say I’m a legend. I’m just grafting.
“We’re very proud of our personal achievements at this club – goals, games and so on. This team’s growing and I want to keep pushing the ceiling on this and also get the respect that these boys deserve.
“We’re not the best team but look at that desire – 2-0 down and many teams would have folded.”
Watford will face Manchester City, who beat Brighton 1-0 on Saturday, in the final on May 18.