FIFA is investigating whether Socceroos star Tim Cahill was paid for a goal celebration in their 2-1 win over Syria in Sydney on Tuesday, reports Sky Sports UK.
Cahill celebrated his extra-time winning goal by making a ’T’ sign with his hands instead of his customary and iconic boxing the corner flag celebration.
Online travel agency TripADeal then posted a picture of the celebration on Instagram with this caption: "Did you catch @tim_cahill, our new brand ambassador, doing the TripADeal 'T' after he scored the winning goal last night? Congratulations Tim!',".
Cahill then replied with a post of his own that seemed to confirm his relationship with the company, saying: “Always a pleasure. Another chapter written and plenty more to come. Amazing team performance and really proud of everyone tonight, team, staff and fans. #FEARLESS @tripadeal
The initial TripADeal post has since been deleted, with FIFA looking into the incident.
"FIFA is reviewing and analysing the reports from the referees and the match commissioners for all matches in FIFA competitions. Events which require further attention may be communicated accordingly,” a FIFA spokesman said.
Should anything come of it, it would not be the first time FIFA had punished someone for a breaking sponsorship rules.
In 2012 they fined Niklas Bendtner $135,000 for exposing sponsored underwear.
Several people have tweeted their discomfort at FIFA investigating someone like Tim Cahill over matters of money, including Geelong AFL star Patrick Dangerfield.