The Straits Times
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Published on Feb 19, 2013
 

Oldham FA Cup hero fined for losing his shirt

 
 

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.