From the AP :
Alecko Eskandarian, a New Jersey native, scored his first goal four minutes before halftime to put D.C. ahead, 1-0.
He then ran to the D.C. United bench, where his teammate Jamil Walker threw him a can of Red Bull energy drink. Eskandarian celebrated his score by opening the can and drinking a mouthful before quickly spitting it out.
From the Washington Post’s Steven Goff :
“By no means was that trying to offend anyone,” Eskandarian said. “It was just something funny for the guys to laugh at in the locker room. They’re our rival. It was a joke.”
His no-nonsense coach, Peter Nowak, said he didn’t think Eskandarian meant to offend anyone, but club officials thought it was poor sportsmanship.
Asked whether the celebration was planned, Eskandarian said with a sly smile, “I’ve had a history of concussions, so I can’t really remember.”
addendum : Video footage of the offending celebration (windows media player required)