Gomis: Wink by Dinamo’s Vida was purely innocent
The infamous wink by Dinamo Zagreb defender Domagoj Vida at
Bafetimbi Gomis during their Champions League game was completely
innocent, according to the Lyon striker.
Gomis scored four times in Lyon’s 7-1 away win on Wednesday to
seal a last-16 spot in the Champions League. The margin and
apparent ease of some of the goals led to rumors of a fix.
After Lisandro Lopez scored Lyon’s fifth goal, Gomis rushed over
to grab the ball out of the net for a quick restart.
Vida held onto the ball, so Gomis moved alongside him as if to
urge him to release it.
Vida gave Gomis a wink and a thumbs up, gestures which prompted
speculation that they constituted proof that Vida acted
inappropriately – with that theory allegedly compounded by the
”We were having a laugh (together) on the field,” Gomis told
sports daily L’Equipe on Friday.
Gomis said there was no hidden meaning behind it, and that he
had even spoken to Vida in Croatian after learning a few words from
his Lyon teammate Dejan Lovren.
”I know some Croatian words thanks to Dejan,” Gomis added.
”But this match was not fixed. The Croats really wanted to win
even at 10 against 11, even at 1-1.”
Also, Gomis and Vida were facing each other for the second time
in a matter of weeks, with Gomis scoring in the first match at
Stade Gerland on Sept. 27, which Lyon won 2-0.
”Football is not war. We played each other twice this year, we
know each other and respect each other a lot,” Gomis added on RMC
radio station. ”When we scored we wanted to get the ball back
straight away … he took the ball and I wanted to grab if off
Neither UEFA’s gambling fraud detection system nor France’s
online gambling regulator ARJEL found anything suspicious about the
game after looking into betting patterns. However, UEFA is awaiting
reports from officials at the match before deciding whether to
Ajax, the team that was eliminated on goal difference after
losing to Real Madrid 3-0, wants UEFA to investigate, and Lyon has
responded by saying the Dutch team’s ”hurt” has prompted its
”Hurt by its defeat and elimination, the Amsterdam club is
trying to find an explanation somewhere else,” Lyon said on its
website, adding that it finds the suspicions aimed at Lyon
”insulting and unacceptable.”
Drastically out of form in the French league, Gomis chose the
perfect night to end a barren spell dating back 10 matches to Oct.
He scored the quickest ever Champions League hat trick in seven
minutes, and his four-goal haul in the European Cup put him
alongside greats such as Marco van Basten.
”Dinamo is a team which likes to play (attack), and continued
to take enormous risks … they were certainly very naive (in
defense) through lack of experience,” Gomis said.