Long fined for getting shirtyBy Nick Ive
March 19, 2008
Shane Long has been fined for his show of petulance during Reading’s 2-1 defeat at Liverpool on Saturday.
The 21-year-old threw his shirt to the ground in frustration after he was substituted at Anfield.
Royals boss Steve Coppell would not discuss what disciplinary action he has taken, but I understand the striker was given a dressing down and was fined.
Coppell told the Post: “It was unacceptable behaviour. In football now you need a 20-odd-man game and it is going to get bigger next year with seven substitutes.
“It is very much a squad game and people have just got to accept the decisions.
“Nobody is ever happy about being brought off, but they have to accept the decisions that I make. It won’t happen again – I can guarantee that. He will learn from it.”
Long, who issued an apology to Coppell and the fans straight after the game, will be left sweating on whether he will be dropped in favour of Dave Kitson for the visit of fellow strugglers Birmingham City on Saturday.
Coppell added: “Shane is 21 now. He hasn’t started that many games for us, but he has been a really important part of what we’ve been about over the last couple of years.
“The experience of Liverpool will be invaluable to him. He’s a bright boy and he will see how he can improve and I hope he can go on from there.”
Long was not the only Premier League player to be disciplined this week for his public tantrum.
Fellow Ireland and Tottenham captain Robbie Keane was reportedly hit with a two-week fine of £120,000 after he threw his tracksuit top to the ground after being replaced during Spurs’ match at Manchester City on Sunday.