|Town Suspend Bullard|
Friday, 2nd Mar 2012 22:54
Town have suspended midfielder Jimmy Bullard for two weeks after an alleged drinking session earlier this week which saw the 33-year-old and striker Michael Chopra turn up to Thursday training more than an hour late. The one-time England call-up, who joined the Blues after his Hull contract was terminated after an alleged indiscretion on a pre-season trip to Slovenia, and Town’s top scorer spent Tuesday and Wednesday nights out in Chopra’s home city of Newcastle.
Manager Paul Jewell, who made the duo train with the youth squad on their return, is understood to have told Bullard to stay away from Town while the club decide what further action to take. The Blues boss has launched an investigation and will comment after Saturday’s game against Bristol City. Chopra, who has not been suspended, could also face action.
Several senior members of the Town squad were in London on Tuesday for a bonding session, enjoying drinks and a meal in the West End when the pair relocated their evening to Newcastle, where Chopra spends most of his time off with his young son.
The duo were spotted by a large number of Tweeters in various Newcastle night spots on both nights, including bars named Bijoux and Perdu, with a claim that at one stage the Blues midfield man was seen with his trousers down. Bullard was also said to be at a casino on Wednesday with his former Hull team-mate Nolberto Solano and Stoke’s Cameron Jerome.
In addition to Bullard, veteran Peruvian international Solano is also set for trouble as he missed a reserve game with his current club Hartlepool, manager Neale Cooper commenting: “Nobby didn't turn up, I cannot really comment at the moment. He was meant to be there, but never appeared. We will see what happens after that.''
New signing Ryan Stevenson, veteran Lee Bowyer or Northern Ireland international Josh Carson could take Bullard’s place on the Town bench for the Bristol City match.
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|Sindre94 added 23:00 - Mar 2|
Lack of respect for the football club doing that, they MUST know they were gonna get punished anyways. Very disappointed in both of them...
Please dont let this affect tomorrow
|Karlosfandangal added 23:00 - Mar 2|
Have we brought trouble!!!
Was so good for us last season I just hope he has not played well to get a deal from us and now its sod them I have my deal
|Sindre94 added 23:02 - Mar 2|
I heard bullard was VERY drunk, havent heard anything about chops yet though
|Cobbold_Youth added 23:03 - Mar 2|
Clearly desperate to regain his place in the team, JB undertakes a good session to fine tune his fitness and place him in the managers eye...
We're all human, but we're not all paid that much.
|CavendishBlue added 23:04 - Mar 2|
Er....history repeating itself?
Wise up big man.We need you focussed!
|Sindre94 added 23:04 - Mar 2|
Atleast we've got an excuse to include Carson on the bench now...
But if chops scores a hattrick tomorrow youre well forgiven;)
|legoman added 23:08 - Mar 2|
But he is great for team morale. Worth every penny. Even got Chops smiling again.
|singtown added 23:09 - Mar 2|
Contributed immensely to our survival last season but falling from grace now. It's just a shame as we thought Jimmy would continue where he left off last season, and the obvious reason why he was signed permanent this season
Seems likely he will be the next one on PJ's list for early "mutual termination"
|CavendishBlue added 23:10 - Mar 2|
Er....history repeating itself?
Wise up big man.We need you focussed!
|Coastalblue added 23:14 - Mar 2|
The beginning of the end for JB?
|arc added 23:14 - Mar 2|
There'll be some Hull fans on here tonight, laughing like drains.
And just when Jimmy was getting over his New Years bug...
(I hope he didn't drag Chopra into that casino.)
|singtown added 23:14 - Mar 2|
Making Chops smile is ok. Not so sure about the part on caught with trousers down
Was he dead drunk or trying to amuse others or something kinky?
|Frase1987 added 23:30 - Mar 2|
Give him a pay rise so he wants to play for us more.
|Arthur added 23:31 - Mar 2|
Mr Bullard, a very talented man, worked very hard for a contract last season... Made a massive difference to us and was a joy to watch. I don't blame anyone at the club for pushing the boat out to sign him up.
Then there was a "loss of form" and now this ...He didn't show much loyalty on Soccer AM last year...Perhaps he doesn't have any.
I bet Hull fans are p*ssing themselves.
|Garv added 23:35 - Mar 2|
As a fan I feel let down by both players, but in a way more by Chopra because of the way the club and fans have supported him through everything.
Jewell must also feel let down massively. Horrible situation for him now. Do you leave out your top scorer? Less awkward in Bullard's case because he hasn't been playing, but still, two very big, high profile players making the club look bad. Why only Bullard suspended?
What a mess.
|bontcho added 23:41 - Mar 2|
We obviously don't know all the facts. Bullard has been more seriously treated and clearly that must be because his "crime(s)" must be greater in number or severity.
Glad there's no photo evidence of Jimmy trouser-less
|Barhamblue added 23:44 - Mar 2|
After all PJ, ME and we have done for you Jimmy, thank you very much...
|GTRKing added 23:44 - Mar 2|
what we suspended bullard but not chopra o I see chopra on form & we don't wanna cut him from the team do we
|comrade_blue added 23:53 - Mar 2|
Will not suspend Chopra as he would have to play Scotland and it is obvious they are scared of him playing those 3 games and getting a contract- Scotland should not have been dropped in the first place, PJ got away with it as Chops got a few goals
|JustSpivvyChops added 23:53 - Mar 2|
Doesn't say anything about his wages being docked.......would make it an expensive couple of night's out.
Why hasn't Chops been suspended? Hmmmmmmmmmmm
|Marshalls_Mullet added 23:53 - Mar 2|
Sign a player sacked for indiscipline??
.......what do you expect?
Nice to see him dragging Chops down.
|TrueBlueFerret added 00:01 - Mar 3|
Booze Brothers trouser the money after a couple of nights on Newcastle Brown!!! Suspend money on fun&frolics Cosiknow............
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