'Absolutely brainless behaviour' - Chris Sutton slams Darron Gibson and Sunderland 'cesspit'
Sunderland have opened disciplinary action against midfielder Darron Gibson after he was caught on camera drunkenly criticising the club and his teammates – but spelled his name incorrectly in the statement.
The 29-year-old, who joined the Black Cats from Everton in January, will face an internal investigation despite apologising for his behaviour to his teammates, the club has confirmed.
However, the club made a mishap in the confirmation of the investigation, spelling Gibson’s first name as Darren, rather than Darron.
In a statement, the now Championship club said: “Darren [sic] Gibson has not conducted himself ina manner befitting Sunderland Football Club. As a consequence, we will initiate our internal disciplinary process to deal with the matter. Darron has apologised this morning.”
In the video, Gibson is criticised for not caring about the club after going out drinking following his side’s 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Celtic in a preseason friendly at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
However, while claiming he does care about the club, he suggests that there are a number of his teammates who do not share that same level of commitment.
When pushed to name players, the 29-year-old asks the supporters who they think he means before appearing to agree that Lamine Kone, Jeremain Lens and Whabi Kazri are not trying as they want to leave the club.
“We’re s***,” Gibson is filmed saying. “Of course I’m bothered, I don’t want to be s***…There are too many people at the club who don’t give a f***. You tell me who doesn’t want to be at the club?”
Speaking on BBC Five Live, former England striker Chris Sutton claimed that the Black Cats will be desperate to offload the Irish midfielder now and he slammed the caustic atmosphere at the club.
"I mean for him to say those things, he's a renegade isn't he? In a dressing room full of pirates," he said
"Sunderland is a cesspit at the moment and they just don't need this.
"Poor Simon Grayson, he's got a hard enough job on.
"This is a club that for years, well it's been coming hasn't it. He's got a job to get this Sunderland team anywhere near the playoffs and things like this don't help.
"You can understand the frustration amongst the supporters. It's just stupidity in this day and age. Everybody knows that everybody has got a camera phone. Years ago, players might have got away with it.. going for a drink after you've got trashed but you just can't do it. Absolutely brainless behaviour.
"They'll throw the book at him. Privately, they'll probably want to sell him and be touting him around but it's not that easy.
"I don't think it's a sackable offence."