Unprofessional Foul


August 3, 2009

Burnley’s Steven Thompson Has An Expensive Beer

Widmer Brothers beer garden on dog night for Portland Beavers baseball game.  The Timbers draw much bigger crowds.

Widmer Brothers beer garden on dog night for Portland Beavers baseball game. The Timbers draw much bigger crowds.

UF does not give out weekly awards but maybe we should start considering it and we may just have to name it after Burnley’s Steven Thompson, who was fined a week’s worth of wages for drinking half a beer.  During a game.  While he was playing.  Somebody get that man a beer!  And a raise! 

While the UFers trekked to Baltimore to watch EPL (Suck it, Barclay’s) stalwart Chelsea beat up on AC Milan, another EPL (Suck it, Barclay’s) entrant, Burnley, was touring the US at the same time playing the Portland Timbers on July 25.  Albeit, to much lesser corporate fanfare.  During the game, Thompson tumbled over the railing into the Widmer Brothers beer garden next to the field whilst chasing an errant pass during a 2-2 draw with the Timbers and had a drink.  

“I kind of fell over the billboards at the side of the pitch and there was a cafe right on the side,” said the 30-year-old.

“I landed on this person’s table and I don’t know what happened, I just instinctively grabbed this guy’s pint and had a drink.

This is an amusing anecdote, although I worry that Thompson is so instinctive about his beer drinking that he has those instincts during a match.   Perhaps he may have a wee bit of a tippling issue.

Thompson’s beery landing is costing him a week’s worth of wages for what the club called “unprofessional behaviour.” I am not sure how much Thompson makes per week, but I do know it could not be any higher than 15K quid because Burnley has capped its wages this season, but perhaps UF should start a fundraiser on behalf of Mr. Thompson. T-shirts anyone?

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