You would think that after being absolutely humiliated in your last football match, players would be on the training ground trying to work harder to avoid a repeat of that ever happening again. Not, it seems, if you are a Newcastle United player.
Senior players Steven Taylor, Tim Krul and Jack Colback decided it would be a good idea to attend a Brit Awards afterparty which predictably continued into the early hours of the morning, only days before their clash with Aston Villa – and compounded that by being photographed coming out of the venue looking worse for wear – and in Taylor’s case, that is being generous to a fault.
There will be time for partying when the season is over – and yes, it may seem harsh to suggest that the players should stay in for the duration of the season and certainly only drink in moderation, not go out and get hammered, but at the end of the day these players are professional athletes and have to keep their bodies in the best shape possible.
It is what they are paid to do and what the fans expect – it is bad enough for the fans to have to pay huge prices for tickets to watch underperforming players without them seeing their faces splashed across the tabloids when out painting the town black and white with more effort than they put in against Manchester City the weekend prior.
It is not only disrespectful to the fans, but to the club, their teammates and themselves. It does not matter if they have been handed permission from John Carver to do that, it does not matter if they are injured or suspended – they should be working on getting back to fitness if that is the case – they simply should not be out drinking to excess during the season.
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