MK Dons suspend Carruthers over pee-gate

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers (14)  scores for MK Dons  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies.
MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers (14) scores for MK Dons during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackburn Rovers and Milton Keynes Dons at Ewood Park, Blackburn, England on 27 February 2016. Photo by Simon Davies.

Dons player Samir Carruthers has been suspended by the club and whacked with a fine of two weeks’ wages for urinating in a pint glass at Cheltenham Racecourse.

The 22-year-old midfielder met with chairman Pete Winkelman today after the shocking incident was captured on camera.

Mr Winkelman said the footballer’s actions were “unacceptable” as he announced that his fine will be donated to two charitable causes.

The chairman said: “I came to the meeting very angry and concerned as we have put huge effort into building a family-friendly reputation at MK Dons.

“However, it was clear Samir was sincere, contrite and all-encompassing with his apology.

“ He has also taken full responsibility for his behaviour and understands the damage he has caused to his own and the Club’s reputation.”

Carruthers will miss this Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion.

He asked that his fine to go to Willen Hospice, Prostate Cancer UK, Rickley Park School and a charity of Cheltenham Festival’s choice.

Mr Winkelman said: “Obviously, his actions are still unacceptable and, as a result, he has been disciplined. Samir has received a warning, been fined two weeks’ wages and handed a suspension by the Club, which is inclusive of this Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Brighton & Hove Albion.

“As a young man, Samir will learn from the incident and we hope, now, everyone can move on from this.”

Carruthers has accepted the punishment and will not be appealing.

Earlier today he issued a statement apologising for letting Milton Keynes down.

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