LONDON (AFP) –
Matt Smith was fined a week’s wages on Monday for throwing his shirt into the crowd after scoring cash-strapped League One side Oldham’s injury-time equaliser against Premier League outfit Everton on Saturday in their FA Cup fifth round clash.
The club had warned players not to swap shirts with their Premier League opponents — not because of bad sportsmanship but because they simply cannot afford to buy any new kit.
But the 23-year-old striker, who scored twice in the previous round when Oldham shocked Everton’s city rivals Liverpool, was so happy at scoring to make it 2-2 that he completely forgot and hurled his shirt into the crowd, an impulsive gesture which has cost him a fine of around £400.
The goal earned a replay at Everton on February 27.
The club are also desperately trying to find the person who caught the shirt as they would like to have it back.
A sign on the dressing room before the match said: “Please be advised that due to a severe shortage of first team home shirts, players must not give away their kit following the conclusion of the Everton match.”
One of his team-mates Jose Baxter, who swapped his shirt with Leighton Baines, told the Daily Mail: “We all got carried away and didn’t really think about the notice. I just hope we’ve got enough kit for Tuesday (when they have a league game with Stevenage).”
Meanwhile a club source told the Daily Star: “There is an automatic fine system in place for misplaced pieces of the kit.”