Wednesday 21 February 2018

Costly text - Kenwyne Jones fined £80,000 for texting his unavailability for Liverpool game

Kenwyne Jones looks to be on his way out of Stoke City
Kenwyne Jones looks to be on his way out of Stoke City

DECLAN WHOOLEY

The Stoke City striker has been hit with a whopping fine after texting manager Mark Hughes over his unavailability for the Liverpool game.

The Potters were defeated in an eight-goal bonanza at the Britannia Stadium, though they were forced to operate without the services of the powerful front-man.  

The Trinidian is thought to be pushing for a move away from Stoke, though the club is reluctant to let him go for less than £3 million after shelling out a club-record £8 million for his services in 2010, with Everton believed to be an interested party.

According to reports in the English press, Jones sent the message to Hughes the day before the game, informing the Potters boss that he did not wish to be considered for selection and failed to attend the team’s pre-match meal at their Clayton Wood training ground.

A livid Hughes fined the forward two weeks wages, which equates to £80,000.

Not bad for a striker who has scored just four goals in his last 54 Premier League appearances for the Potters.

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