Chris Smalling has been pictured dressed as a suicide bomber at a recent fancy dress party.
It is safe to say it has been an awful start to 2014 for Manchester United. They have lost all their games. A league defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at home, was followed by losses to Swansea City and Sunderland in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup respectively.
The last thing David Moyes needs is for his players to be bringing negative publicity to the club. In The Sun today Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling was pictured on the front page dressed as a suicide bomber. A totally disrespectful thing to do, and he should duly be punished by the club.
He has since apologised but that has only come about because the story has been reported on. It's not as if he dressed up as a suicide bomber by mistake, it was clearly planned and thought through by the defender.
His defence was that his costume was a pun on the "Jagerbomb" drink, as he had attached bottles of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull to himself. Plausible, but ill advised nonetheless.
United's defeat on Tuesday to the Premier League's bottom side Sunderland, meant they had now lost three games in a row for the first time since 2001. Moyes certainly hasn't had an easy start at Old Trafford but nor would you expect him to. He faces a huge challenge in turning things around on the pitch, but now has to deal with unnecessary problems off the pitch as well.
Chris Smalling will surely be fined and find himself out of the side for the next few games. Not exactly a huge loss to the team though.
As a Manchester United player and an England international, Smalling must realise that he is a role model for the younger generation.
Many fans will look up to him so he should be wary of his actions. Furthermore the party to which he wore the outfit was at his own house and he said he assumed it was private, but in this day and age he should know that things like that always come out in the press. A lesson learned for the former Fulham defender.
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