Saturday 18 November 2017

'It’s a shame all footballers have been tarred by a few bad eggs'- Stephen Hunt on Cheltenham urination incident

Stephen Hunt (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)
Stephen Hunt (David Maher / SPORTSFILE)

Irish international Stephen Hunt has said that the unsavoury actions of certain footballers at the Cheltenham Festival should not be attributed to the entire occupation.

Former Ireland underage international and Shrewsbury striker James Collins was one of a cadre of soccer players who were banned from attending today’s meet at Cheltenham following the publication of pictures appearing to show him urinating into a glass before throwing the contents off a balcony.

The Festival cancelled the reservation of a group of footballers after the pictures were published in a national newspaper, and Collins has subsequently apologised for his actions. So too has Samir Carruthers, who was also disciplined by his club MK Dons.

Speaking today at Cheltenham, Hunt, who plays for Coventry City, claimed that the festival has traditionally been enjoyable and quiet venue for football players, most of who behave properly.

"Most professional footballers really enjoy a day at the races as we’re left alone and can have a day without any hassle," he said.

"The vast majority of players coming to Cheltenham this week will have a bit of craic and behave themselves and it’s just a shame that the entire profession has been tarred by the actions of a few bad eggs."

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