MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers didn’t exactly have the best of days at Cheltenham yesterday.
The former Republic of Ireland under-21 international made the front pages of several newspapers this morning after appearing to urinate into a pint glass in the corporate box at the annual racing festival before an accomplice, Northampton Town striker James Collins, threw the contents from the balcony to the ground below.
Unfortunately for Carruthers et al, somebody was on hand to film the whole incident:
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) March 16, 2016
MK Dons have announced that they will fully review the incident, while Cheltenham organisers took action by banning Carruthers and his entourage from today’s meeting.
Carruthers himself has taken the step of apologising on Sky Sports for his actions, insisting that he didn’t want to be know as the “idiot who urinated in a pint glass”, saying:
“I feel so embarrassed.
I just want to say I’m sorry to everyone, my family, the club, chairman, the gaffer. I’ve not been raised up to do something like that and I’ve let everyone down.”
“I’m meant to be a role model and I have to live by my actions now and I really am hurt by what I’ve done. It was a silly mistake and I just have to take everything that comes with it.”
Carruthers confirmed that MK Dons and manager Karl Robinson were indeed taking action against the former Aston Villa midfielder, action that he feels is justified:
“They’re obviously very let down and I’m being disciplined for it,
“They had faith in me not to do something like that so I feel like I’ve met them down massively. But it’s not just them, I’ve let down the whole team, my team-mates, everyone.”
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) March 16, 2016
One small bit of relief for Carruthers came today when Gloucester Police confirmed that no legal action will be taken, but still denounced the act itself as “disgusting and thoughtless,” adding:
“We have not received any complaints relating to this incident and believe the action taken by the racecourse is appropriate and justifiable.”