Footballers With Casino Problems

After the alleged attempt of a casino robbery that happened earlier this month by Hanover 96 youth academy players in Germany, I took upon myself to find out which top football stars have had casino controversies in their past.

We all know that with big wages footballers earn at their respective clubs that some find spending time at casinos as an ideal pastime of the field. But unfortunately, lots of them get into trouble, embarrassing situations or get a banter from the fans. Even thou you can now play lots of online casino games, some big names still prefer live action rather than hiding behind a username on the net.
Here are some of the well known football players that had a bad time after their visit to casino.

Lionel Messi and Gerard Pique

Not even the biggest name of football today, Lionel Messi, is immune to the adrenaline that casino can bring. He and his fellow team mate, Gerard Pique, were photographed in the late hours last year before a clash with Manchester City in the Champions League. It was not Messi nor Pique that earned a barrage of criticism, but their manager Luis Enrique. Asked what he thinks on the incident, Enrique responded by saying, "I concentrate on football, not stuff outside it."

Jamie Vardy

Current England international and Premier League top goal-scorer this season, Jamie Vardy, has been accused of racism last summer while playing poker at one of the casinos in Leicester. Whilst playing high-stakes poker, Vardy apparently thought that a man behind him was looking at his cards and then the Sheffield-born Vardy - nicknamed "The Cannon" erupted. Vardy turned to the gambler behind him and yelled "Jap" three times. The term “Jap’” short for Japanese, has been considered a derogatory racial term since World War II. Vardy has apologised for the offence, saying he regrets error in judgment. However, neither was he fined by the club owners, who by the way are Asian, nor there has been a police investigation to his case.

Papiss Cisse

The Senegal international made a big fail back in 2013, when the striker tried to make a stand over the club's Wonga shirt sponsorship. Cisse, who is Muslim by faith, said back then that promoting money lender company was against his faith. However, while he was removed from the squad because of his refusal to wear club's sponsor on his shirt, photos emerged where he was clearly seen gambling in a casino in Newcastle, disregarding Islamic law. Onlooker stated that the Senegal striker staked several hundred pounds during the evening.

Phil Bardsley

Also back in 2013, then Sunderland's and Scotland's full-back, Phil Bardsley has taken pictures of himself lying on casino floor in a pile of 50 Pound notes. This incident enraged his manager Paolo Di Canio, who gave strict rules on behaviour and removed him from the squad for the clash with Tottenham.

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