Bardsley suspended by Sunderland

Sunderland have suspended defender Phil Bardsley for his apparent mockery of his side's opening-day defeat to Fulham.

Last Updated: 20/08/13 at 14:01 Post Comment

Bardsley: Suspended by Sunderland

Bardsley: Suspended by Sunderland

The incident appears to surround a response from Bardsley to a picture posted by defender Scott Harrison on social networking site Instagram of the tunnel area at the end of Saturday's 1-0 loss to the Cottagers at the Stadium of Light.

Bardsley, via his account which has since been deleted, reportedly replied with the words 'Great opening day. Hahahhahahahahahhaha!!!', prompting a storm of protest from Black Cats fans.

Bardsley, signed for £2million from Sheffield United in January 2008 and currently in the final year of his contract, has seemingly played his last game for the club under manager Paolo Di Canio.

It is the latest fall from grace for Bardsley under Di Canio who was left incensed by the 28-year-old's actions towards the end of last season.

Just a few days before Sunderland's final game of the campaign, a Twitter picture appeared of Bardsley surrounded by £50 notes following a visit to a casino.

Bardsley then played no part in the 1-0 defeat at Tottenham, and in a further sign of him becoming an outcast under Di Canio, he was not included in Sunderland's Premier League squad list when announced last week.

Bardsley broke his foot whilst on Sunderland Under-21 duty last week, scuppering hopes of a potential move before transfer deadline day.

In light of his injury, Bardsley's only options appear to be a loan move to a Championship club once he is fit, or waiting for January when the transfer window re-opens.


Sky Bet Free Bet Club: £10 free bet - £5 free every week


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

L

ooks like Real get their man, most likely at their own valuation, yet again. Resistance is futile.

paul7702
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

Footer 365

Andre Pirlo backs Liverpool's Mario Balotelli to prove his potential

Andrea Pirlo thinks Mario Balotelli can still be one of the "top forwards in Europe" despite his struggles at Liverpool.

West Brom reject approach from Aston Villa for Joleon Lescott

West Brom have rejected an approach from Aston Villa for central defender Joleon Lescott, according to reports.

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla sign new deals with Arsenal

Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla have signed new contracts at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company