OFF THE POST: Christmas Party Perils
Since Danish World Cup veteran Stig Tofting was kicked off of his Danish First
Division club AGF Aarhus for fighting at the team's Christmas party, bad
behavior at yuletide bashes have come to England.
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton, 22, was fined six weeks wages, about
$170,000, for poking teammate Jamie Tandy in the eye with a lit cigar during his
club's Christmas party. Tandy, a 20-year-old trainee who is expected to make a
full recovery from his eye injury, had attempted to light Barton's fancy party
costume on fire and was fined two weeks wages and suspended for a year.
The Manchester Evening News reported that two scuffles broke out at the
Manchester United Christmas party while West Brom Albion's Swiss defender Bernt
Haas, suited up in a Robin Hood costume, was taken to the hospital following his
club's party reportedly because of severe intoxication.
Newcastle coach Graeme Souness, apparently aware of the perils of yuletide
parties, canceled his club's annual Christmas bash, although The Ritz of London
issued a complaint with the club about the behavior of forward Craig Bellamy at
an unofficial gathering.
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