Westbrom defender, Liam Ridgewell, has apologized to football fans after a photo of him wiping his backside with a wad of £20 (Sh 2600)) notes in the toilet was published by a British newspaper.
‘The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with,’ he said.
I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.’
His agent Rob Segal told Mail Online today: ‘All I can say is, it was a joke that actually wasn’t funny at all, it was intended as a private joke with his friends and he sincerely regrets it.’
The Premier League footballer was photographed squatting over the toilet in the bathroom of his £1.5million(Sh I95 million) home in Barnt Green, Birmingham, with his trousers down.
Ridgewell, 28, earns around £20,000 (Sh 2.6million) a week – the average annual salary.
According to the Daily Mail, angry West Brom fans labelled the picture ‘arrogant’ and ‘idiotic’.
The offensive picture was sent to a newspaper by a supporter who asked not to be named.
He said: ‘The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot earns yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.
Ridgewell’s teammates yesterday cemented his embarrassment by plastering his locker with toilet roll and posting a photo of it on Twitter.
West Brom player Steven Reid posted the picture along with the comment, ‘Guess the locker…….’
The star is no stranger to controversy.
Last year, he cancelled his £170,000 (Sh 22.1 million)wedding to 23-year-old Kirsty Maclaren, mother of his two children, eight days before the big day.
He informed the 200 guests by text that the nuptials were cancelled.