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Last Updated: Tuesday November 06 2007 16:59 GMT

Player may avoid pants punishment

Stephen Ireland pulled his shorts down
Manchester City's Stephen Ireland may escape serious punishment after his very unusual goal celebration.

Ireland netted the only goal in a 1-0 win against Sunderland, and then celebrated by pulling down his shorts - to reveal a pair of Superman pants.

It was thought Ireland may be on the end of a bad punishment for his brief display, but now it seems footie bosses may just warn him not to do it again.

The goal led to City's seventh home win in a row and a new club record.

The team - led by former England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson - have now climbed to third in the Premier League.

After the match, Sven said: "I saw his celebration. Superman - super goal.

"Maybe the Football Association will look at it - but I hope not."

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