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Lebanese 'Michael Jackson' steals the show in Sydney

The fan broke into a Michael Jackson-style dance to the crowd's surprise

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A Lebanese rugby fan turned to a social media sensation earlier this month after his eye-catching dance moves during a game in Sydney earned him the title of the “Lebanese Michael Jackson.”

Ashur Shimon, a part-time actor based in Sydney, reportedly pleased the crowds at a Canterbury Bulldogs and Manly Sea Eagles game using his Michal-Jackson style dance during earlier in July.

A stadium camera spotted Shiman leaning casually on a fence at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, according to a Daily Mail report.

Realizing he was on the big screen, he decided to impress his sudden audience by a Michael Jackson moon walk performance as he broke into laughter.

The Lebanese fan slowly became the star of the day as cameras panned back to him a couple of times during the game. This is when Shimon recognized it was show time!

He ran up a couple of stairs, ripped his shirt off his body, and began dancing in front of a “crowd of thousands,” according to the Daily Mail.


His shirt-tearing dance moves were entraining and “unexpected,” the British daily added.

“He's a crazy Michael Jackson fan and I've seen him dance before. I know him but I definitely didn't expect him to go the whole way and rip his shirt off,” Rob Shehadie, a comedian who has captured Shimon’s performance during his show, told Daily Mail Australia.

“I've hosted a lot of football games but I've never heard a roar like that from the crowd before. It was just massive,”Shehadie said.

Shimon said in an interview later that he was surprised by reactions to his dance.

“I do it for people out there who are a bit up tight so they can learn to laugh at themselves,” Shimon told ninemsn in an interview.

“It's all a bit of a laugh really and everyone seemed to like it. “I am surprised by people's reaction. I've been getting recognized by a lot of people,” he added.

Some Bulldog fans took to Twitter to comment on Shimon’s performance.


“We need more ppl like Ashur he kills me hahaha Legend!!” tweeted @tinadablueleo



Shimon, 37, plays a Sunnyvale Assassins member in Housos, an Australian comedy television series.

He told ninemsn he was planning “a more impressive performance” when his favorite team, the Bulldogs, play Parramatta on August 15.

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