Arsenal's fine collector may well be the one to take a substantial amount from the club's striker, before handing it in to the upper brass.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud was embroiled in a seemingly scandalous report published by The Sunday Sun yesterday, February 16, as a photograph depicted the Frenchman in a hotel room - apparently one paid for by the club ahead of a match, with a headline which read: 'Proof Giroud cheated in team hotel hours before match'.
Within hours, the player's wife closed her Twitter account down, while Giroud took to his own social media account to issue apologies to her, his friends, family, the club and those in the Arsenal team.
I apologise to my wife, family and friends and my manager, team-mates and Arsenal fans.— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 16, 2014
I now have to fight for my family and for my club and obtain their forgiveness. Nothing else matters at the moment.— Olivier Giroud (@_OlivierGiroud_) February 16, 2014
Commenting after Arsenal's 2-1 FA Cup fifth round win over Liverpool, a triumph in which the 27-year-old featured for three minutes having replaced Yaya Sanogo, Arsene Wenger is quoted by the club's official website to have said: 'Giroud has made a statement and we will deal with it internally. I don't think there is much more to add to that because I want to respect his privacy as well.'
The media have speculated over how the club will handle the situation.
The Daily Mail, for instance, claim that Giroud will be fined for the incident involving Celia Kay at the Four Seasons Hotel in Canary Wharf on February 2, the night before the Gunners' 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, a match in which Giroud provided an assist.
The amount of the fine will be considerable, claim the Daily Mail, with Giroud expected to be pay £230,000, however, the manner in which he pays will likely involve his team-mate Per Mertesacker.
The towering German recently confirmed to talkSPORT: 'I am not that busy with collecting fines. And if someone does something wrong, he really wants to pay. So it’s not hard to collect the money. It’s just a little job for me – to collect it and write it down correctly.'
Regardless of whom he is collecting from, Mertesacker hasn't encountered any difficulties: 'If there’s something wrong, they will know and they will pay straight away.'
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