As Brazilian striker Jo was fined by his current club Corinthians, it had Rangers fans double-checking we weren’t back in the Pedro Caixinha era at Ibrox.
Ex-Man City striker Jo – who cost the Citizens a club-record £19m fee in 2008 [Daily Mail] – is still kicking a ball in his homeland at the Brazilian top tier side.
But, full name Joao Alves de Assis Silva, the ex-Selecao star has been fined by the club for donning green boots, this the colour of the club’s fiercest rivals Palmeiras.
The two arch-rivals both play out of Sao Paulo and Jo – who also played most prominently for CKAS Moscow, Everton and Galatasaray – donned the footballing faux pas at the weekend against Bahia.
The two clubs played out a 0-0 draw in the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A clash but it was Jo’s choice footwear which made the headlines.
How about this…👀
Former Manchester City & Brazil forward Jo – playing for boyhood club Corinthians – fined by his team for wearing green boots, colour of rivals Palmeiras.
— Sacha Pisani (@Sachk0) June 21, 2021
According to L’Equipe, Jo has since apologised unreservedly for “this unnecessary controversy”, with the striker describing the shoes as “turquoise blue”.
The 20-times capped Brazilian, now 34, has since been banned from wearing them in training or on matchdays.
Does this sound familiar?
Back in 2017, Pedro Caixinha was ridiculed for banning green boots at Ibrox after winger Barrie McKay and goalkeeper Wes Foderingham came under fire for wearing them in a match against Ross County.
In the kind of thing which is sort of unsaid, Caixinha attempted to show he was down with the bears by proudly announcing “from today, no one will wear boots of that colour because it is the colour of Celtic” [Daily Record].
Whilst much of the criticism was unmerited – the banning of green boots isn’t exactly something insidious – this didn’t curry Caixinha much favour with supporters early on in his Gers career.
The crushing defeat to Progres Niederkorn curried much less.
An expensive flop during his time at Ibrox, Caixinha will always be remembered for these sorts of soundbites, the excessive reaction to them in the press and of course, some horror results.
But at least Jo has shown that even on the other side of the planet, he was quite right when he mentioned that you don’t wear rival colours on official club duties.
Still, at least none of these names mentioned are new Celtic CEO Dominic McKay rocking up to Celtic Park on his first day in a blue suit with a blue Land Rover. Now, that would be daft.