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Adding Insult to Injury

Money Adding Insult to Injury

ESPNsoccernet is reporting that a significant amount of money–believed to be in the region of $3,000-$4,000 US–was stolen right out of wallets from the Manchester City dressing room at some point during the afternoon today. City occupied the visitors’ changing room as they were in Sheffield to take on Sheffield United in the 4th Round of the FA Cup, a game in which they surprisingly lost 2-1.

“A number of staff and players have had a quantity of cash stolen,” City spokesman Paul Tyrrell told Sky Sports News.

“I am not aware that the dressing room was locked and the police are looking in it.”

Wow. If this is the case, Sheffield United has to be at fault. There’s no excuse for not locking the doors to the locker room and prohibiting access to everything inside.

Then again, what were City’s players and staff doing with that much money?? They were the visiting team and probably were heading back to Manchester directly after the match; I’m not sure why they were carrying any considerable amount of money in the first place.

City aren’t exactly setting the world alight right now with their recent form. This is a team that has won a grand total of three matches in their last thirteen played in all competitions. They’re fading in the race for fourth place in the Premiership and with today’s loss are now out of both domestic cup competitions. The last thing their players and staff are thinking about at the moment is the money in their wallets and somehow even that is now missing.

After a trip to Derby next week, City have the displeasure of playing Manchester United, Arsenal, and Everton in their three league games in February.

Could it get any worse?

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6 Responses to Adding Insult to Injury

  1. TT says:

    Then again, what were City’s players and staff doing with that much money?? They were the visiting team and probably were heading back to Manchester directly after the match; I’m not sure why they were carrying any considerable amount of money in the first place.

    The card school on the bus home of course! You must have heard all the idiot stories about footballers & their cash!

  2. TheScout says:

    3-4 K isn’t that much (if that’s the total sum stolen from everyone) considering what these fellows make in a week and depending how many players were robbed it’s not that much per person. It’s just the scale of things. Losing 40 or 60 bucks to the average person is like these fellows losing a couple hundred.

  3. Michael says:

    You’re right, let’s not pretend these players really will suffer without this money, it’s just the sheer fact that someone was able to gain access to the visitors’ dressing room that is such a joke.

  4. wanderer_abroad says:

    Well you know, players have to have that spare 3k around incase they see a nice car or something. Perhpas a new diamond watch…

  5. TheScout says:

    Michael,

    I agree with your point. The fact the dressing was not locked is the real heart of the matter. I hope it was just a “smash-and-grab” job and I hope none of the players homes will be hit in some sort of follow-up operation.

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