It wouldn't be a Premier League weekend without a frankly incredible scoreline and some sort of race row, would it? Robin van Persie, to his elation and then downright horror, was the central protagonist in both.
Just a day after enjoying perhaps the finest afternoon of his club career when scoring a hat-trick in a sensational 5-3 win at Chelsea, the Arsenal skipper felt compelled to take to Twitter to deny frankly ridiculous accusations that he had celebrated the second of those goals with a Nazi salute.
He tweeted on Sunday evening: "It has been brought to my attention of some ridiculous allegations concerning my celebration of one of my goals yesterday.
"It is totally ludicrous to suggest that my action of brushing my shoulder and pointing to my fans could be construed as anything else but of a showing of joy and celebration.
"To suggest this meant anything to the contrary is insulting and absolutely absurd as nothing else came into my mind."
To be honest, Early Doors had no inkling of the existence of any such suggestions until Van Persie's statement began dropping into its Twitter feed, either side of some righteous indignation that Misha B had found herself in the bottom two in X-Factor.
Re-examining the footage, the striker does extend his arm in a rather forceful and direct manner, but it is hardly his fault that what is ostensibly an innocuous action has such awful connotations.
Let's be honest, it still requires a quite considerable imaginative leap to actually believe he is choosing that moment to announce to the world his sympathy for Hitler, and to accuse him of doing so.
Even if you held such views, and Van Persie clearly does not, why would you display them in such a conspicuous way, when you knew full well that 99.9 per cent of the population found them so abhorrent?
Paolo Di Canio did extend a 'Roman salute' at Lazio of course, but Swindon's delightful manager describes himself as "a fascist not a racist".
The accusation when attached to Van Persie makes no sense at all.
What makes it all the more offensive is that the Football Association is currently dealing with two very real and serious allegations of racist abuse, and hardly needs an unnecessary distraction of this kind.
At this point it is fair to question Van Persie's decision to release a statement at all, given that it resulted in fanciful allegations from a lunatic online fringe being given a widespread airing in the press. Headlines like "Persie 'Nazi' fury" accompanied reports of his denial.
But who, having presumably seen their name impugned by many people on Twitter, would not want to set the record straight?
As we know so well, the internet is a forum in which wild conspiracy theories can flourish, and snap judgements can be made all too quickly.
It will have been hard to escape the fact that the debate over the John Terry and Luis Suarez incidents are being discussed in some quarters on Twitter in stridently partisan tones, when the issues deserve far more sensible and serious consideration.
Context is crucial in both cases: Terry apparently admits he used the offensive language in question but only in the context of asking Anton Ferdinand whether he thought he had used it; the Suarez-Evra dispute, according to reports over the weekend, centres around the use of the word 'negro', which in Uruguay may have less offensive connotations.
Both men are of course innocent until proven guilty but both cases merit careful investigation.
It is to the detriment of the English game that the issue of racism is so prominent again, and cooking up allegations about a 'Nazi salute' only cheapens the debate.
As Sir Alex Ferguson said before the weekend: "I'm very surprised that this sort of thing is happening now. I don't know if it's just a coincidence that two cases are going on, let's hope we don't get three, but this is 2011, for goodness sake.
"I can't believe there is any sort of issue over race in the game given the number of black players who take part. It's such a rare, rare occurrence for this sort of thing to surface. I can't even remember the last time allegations of this sort were levelled against a player.
"Everyone knows the contribution black players have made to modern day football, and have been doing for many years, so it's surprising to have this happening now. Just within our own club we have had some fantastic players with great personalities, and we've been very lucky to have them.
"That's the biggest thing that's changed in the game in my 25 years. All we dealt with back then were English players, or British players at least. It has been a great challenge for me, and for other managers, to deal with all the different cultures and nationalities you find in football now.''
The kind of inflammatory speculation about Van Persie exists at the expense of rational debate. After all, couldn't ED equally make the case that Alan Shearer celebrated nearly every goal of his career with a something approaching a 'half-Nazi salute'?
No one is accusing the former England striker of harbouring any ultra right-wing views. At least not yet. Give the internet crazies a week or two and you never know.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "The club has waited 100 years for this. We have been close several times so this was well deserved. When Brann went 4-1 I realised we had done it. It was a good atmosphere in the dressing room and we will enjoy ourselves tonight." - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates leading Molde to their first ever title, in his first season as a manager, in the club's 100th year. Not bad Ole, not bad.
FOREIGN VIEW: "I'm absolutely outraged. This game must be over! How can we continue playing? I've never seen something like this. We can't go on playing. Why did he send off my players? All the team should have kicked that m*********r!" - Steaua Bucharest owner Gigi Becali reacts furiously after a scandalous incident in Romanian football. A pitch invader punched Steaua defender George Galamaz in the head on Sunday night, before his team-mates then gave the fan in question a kicking, leading to two of them being sent off. The match was eventually abandoned after another player was targeted with a flare.
COMING UP: You can view extensive highlights of every Premier League game this weekend right now, as well as taking in just the goals, and indeed the top five goals. We will be speaking to Paul Parker about the weekend's action later today and our Pitchside Europe blog will be reviewing events from the continent.
It is Stoke City v Newcastle United at 8pm as Alan Pardew's side look to continue their excellent start to the season, and we will also be bringing you live commentary on the Liga game between Sevilla and Granada.