Eastlands boss pointing in the direction of the nearest pub, or perhaps not.
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Roberto Mancini has again hit out at British football’s drinking culture after a video of some of his players on a night out appeared on the internet.
The Manchester City manager admitted earlier this month that he could not understand why players drink after a game, urging the men in his squad to always ‘behave well’ for the good of their careers.
However, reports have now emerged – accompanied by grainy footage – suggesting that City quartet Adam Johnson, Gareth Barry,Joe Hart and Shay Given were involved in late-night partying on a trip to Scotland earlier this week.
Mancini has refused to be drawn on whether he will be disciplining the four players, but has again made his displeasure clear.
“I have not seen this video but I told them my opinion about this situation 10 days ago,” Mancini said.
“I don’t understand this. The video was on Monday, and Monday was a day off. Some players can do what they want, but I don’t understand why.
“I am unhappy about this, but for them. We play every three days and it is difficult to recover. I want to resolve this problem in the dressing room, not here (in a press conference).” (Sky Sports)
Whilst it is clear that in young society there may well be a big problem with binge drinking in the UK and whilst Roberto Mancini’s views do hold water, it is beginning to make him sound like a bit of a broken record. He will no doubt have words with the quartet of Eastlands men who for some reason found themselves as a party where there was copious amounts of booze on offer (shock horror) but perhaps it is not such a bad thing for the player to let their hair down once in a while.
As Mancini states, this was on the player’s day off, and as long as they didn’t a) harm anyone b) harm themselves or c) do so on the day before a match, is there really any reason to get into such a palaver over this incident?