It’s not a joke, just a genuine concern because Samir Nasri has followed Carlos Tevez in being found guilty of driving offences.
Carlos Tevez has just been given a heap of community service for driving while disqualified and for driving without insurance and now Samir Nasri has joined him on the naughty step for failing to pay speeding fines.
It’s a little unclear as to why, not just City players, footballers in general seem to forget how to drive just because of their flamboyant lifestyles and the vast wealth they are fortunate to enjoy.
It’s not something which City should be pleased with at all because any player getting into trouble with the law is simply creating external pressure on top of himself, which is not needed.
It should be a concern for the club, especially at a time when they are trying to wrestle the balance of power away from Manchester United in domestic football and make up for their shortcomings in the European game.
What’s all the more remarkable is that Tevez reportedly ignored several letters from the police relating to his offences, which is remarkable considering he’s meant to be one of the highest profile stars at the club, setting an example for everyone.
Nasri even claimed back one of his fines, just under £2,000, on the basis that he didn’t know he’d been caught on camera on three different occasions breaking the speed limit and the law.
The punishments have been dished out and all parties will be moved on but it’s becoming something that City may have to address throughout the infrastructure of each team, all the way up to the senior side to stop repeats from happening.
That shouldn’t be something which the club has to do because there are basic rules and regulations relating to driving around the UK, which everyone should adhere to, including football players with fast cars.
Roberto Mancini is probably pulling his hair out because he’s been an advocate of responsibility and that role model status throughout his time at the club and these are distractions he will not want his players to have.
The club could consider something like internal punishments such as additional fines although the obvious risk of that is alienating the players against the club, when they are valuable components of that club and business.
It’s just not the right message to send to the City fans, fans who desire a complete and perfect club in every respect as they try and shift the power from one side of Manchester to the next.
How long before another player gets into trouble with the police? How long before a serious incident occurs or someone gets badly injured? These are questions that shouldn’t have anything to do with Manchester City but unfortunately they do.
City fans, what do you make of this?