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Oldham FA Cup hero fined for losing his shirt

Published on Feb 19, 2013 6:11 AM
 
Oldham Athletic's Matt Smith celebrates after scoring the equalising goal during their FA Cup fifth round soccer match against Everton at Boundary Park in Oldham, northern England, Feb 16, 2013. Oldham Athletic 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. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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 (S$767.50).

The goal earned a replay at Everton on Feb 27.

 
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