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Premier League club fine player for hitting the bar at half time

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Premier League outfit Burnley have fined their midfielder Kevin McDonald for walking out of Turf Moor during half-time on Saturday and watching the rest of the match in a pub with his dad.

McDonald started the game but was substituted at half-time with the Clarets 5-0 down and on their way to a humiliating 6-1 thumping to Manchester City, but instead of returning to the stands after his shower, he headed straight for the nearby KSC 110 club.

Stunned Burnley supporters could not believe their eyes when the ex-Dundee star walked in with his family and watched the remainder of the live coverage of the match with them.

McDonald later released an apology on the club’s website, saying: "I now realise it was naive, disrespectful and totally wrong of me to leave the ground.

"It was a gross misjudgment and I should have remained at Turf Moor to support my club and team-mates.

"I acknowledge that I also showed a serious lack of respect to all the fans who were at the ground and who pay good money to watch their team play.

"I would like to apologise to the players, management and supporters and I have accepted my punishment.

"In closing, I would like to reassure all supporters that I am fully committed to helping the team as we fight to stay in the Premier League."

Burnley are stuck in the bottom three, three points behind Hull, who still have a game in hand on their rivals and a better goal difference.

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