Andy Carroll may be caught at the centre of a ‘Weegate Affair’ issue as he ponders the prospect of being hit by a £170k club fine.
The striker – having yesterday been sent home after failing to apologise to the manager for disappearing from the subs bench after being ignored as a possible change on Sunday – has been reported as having done so simply to have a pee.
The Telegraph – in a story last night – declared they understood that to have been the case although it is missing from their report on line this morning (Tues).
The club are set to hit the player with a maximum fine of two weeks wages but there is always the possibility of him taking his case to the Professional Footballers Association ( the players union if you like) should he feel he is being treated unfairly.
Were that to be the case it’s feasible he could raised the weegate scenario as he pleads his case although it seems reasonable to have expected him to relieve himself earlier ahead of the changes being made rather than face the prospect of playing in discomfort!
Beyond that there have to be doubts now that he will feature in the game against Leicester as his career teeters between regular injury and now dissent with the manager.
However, there is some sympathy for his situation among other squad members who believe that as he was no longer required for match action little harm was done.
Moyes, however, takes the view that the entire squad should remain together until the end of the match and show support for each other.