Wesley Sneijder fined £1.96m by Galatasaray for collecting yellow cards
The 32-year-old has been at the club since 2013
Dutch playmaker Wesley Sneijder was fined a huge amount of 1.96 million by his own club after he picked 11 yellow cards last season in the Turkish league. Sneijder said he wouldn’t leave the club because of the fine but he admitted he was upset over the matter.
Fans of the club were enraged upon hearing the story and have demanded the fine be retracted.
Speaking to NTV he said“I am really sorry for what has happened. It's not possible to say at the moment what is going to happen. We will wait and see what the coming days will bring. I do not give too much importance to the fine,”
Fans are now rioting outside the gates of the club in protest of the fine, with most of it aimed at the club’s president Dursun Ozbek. Sneijder joined Galatasaray in 2013, from Inter Milan has established himself as a crucial member of the squad.
His performance have endeared him to the Galatasaray faithful and it explains their extreme and angry reaction. But the Dutch playmaker was not the only player to be handed a fine for the accumulation of bookings.
According to reports, 13 of Galatasaray's players were fined for the same offence. It is quite a risky move by the club considering many of their players might revolt which can cause an exodus from the club.
Sneijder has been constantly linked with a move away with Manchester United the name that pops up the most. But the playmaker has remained faithful to his club which is a rare thing in modern football.
It gives Galatasaray all the more reason to take more care in the treatment of their players . On Friday, Sneijder posted on his twitter account thanking the fans for all their support. Here is the tweet:
The tweet is in Turkish and it roughly translates to: “Galatasaray fans, thank you for your support on this day. I am grateful... I love you!