Sickening … highly-paid Premier League star using cash as toilet roll

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IT’S a photo that will enrage hard-working football  fans across Britain.

West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell, 28, squats over a toilet and wipes his  backside with a wad of £20 notes.

Scattered on the floor in front of him are dozens more £20 notes, totalling  almost £1,000.

The Premier League star, who earns at least £20,000 a week, is apparently  using the cash instead of toilet roll.

He claims the sick stunt was simply a “joke” to wind up a friend — but it  will infuriate more than just his pal.

Ridgewell’s weekly wage is equivalent to the average annual salary in the  West  Midlands — one of the most deprived areas in the country.

The disgraceful snap — taken in the bathroom of Ridgewell’s £1.5million home  in Barnt Green, Birmingham — was sent to The Sun by a West Brom fan who  asked  not to be named.

He said: “The people of West Bromwich earn a fraction of what this idiot  earns  yet he makes a mockery of his good fortune like this. It makes me sick.

“We’ve always thought footballers were arrogant, overpaid buffoons and this  just proves it.”

Ridgewell, an unused sub in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Stoke yesterday,  apologised last night.

He said: “The photo was taken in the privacy of my home around eight months  ago as a joke to wind up a mate, who I had just won a personal bet with.

“I only intended him to see the photo but now it’s public, I can understand  how it will be viewed. I am sorry for any offence it causes.”

A spokesman for West Brom, currently fifth in the Premier League, said: “This  is a private issue for Liam that has become public.

“It does not put the club in a good light and we will deal with the matter  internally.

“Since Liam joined us 11 months ago, his conduct on club duty has been  exemplary.”

West Brom fans at yesterday’s home game at The Hawthorns were shown the  picture — and most reacted with disbelief.

Carpet fitter Ryan Walker, 24, said: “It’s insensitive to fans who have to  scrape money together just to see him play.

“You wouldn’t catch me doing that with a £20 note.”

Painter Robert Jones, 38, said: “Even though he did it for a bet he should  give a bit more thought to what kids who see it might think.

“It’s not doing much for the image of footballers.

“I’d be interested to hear what the Queen has to say about it too. He’d have  been hung for that 100 years ago.”

But engineer Warren May, 44, said: “It’s up to him what he does — he’s just  having a laugh.”

Ridgewell split from fiancee Kirsty Maclaren last year — eight days before  their wedding.

 

14 Responses to Sickening … highly-paid Premier League star using cash as toilet roll

  1. He is totally insane, somebody should help him before it get out of hands

    Tunde Ayeni
    December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm
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  2. This is a total abuse of what God has bestowed on you free of charge…though,its your money but yet morally it is wrong to do this cos there A̶̲̥̅̊я̲̣̥ε̲̣̣̣̥ so many out there who still can not afford half of what U̶̲̥̅̊ earn per day.

    adeyemo tunde
    December 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm
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  3. It just a flexi guy, 2 much money. Hahahaha!

    Abisemma
    December 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm
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  4. tell god is bad boy balo, bcos dèy goin 2 say it black morkin

    lnaro
    December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm
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  5. tell god is ñot bad boy balo, bcos dèy goin 2 say it black morkin

    lnaro
    December 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm
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  6. I̶̲̥̅̊s̶̲̥̅̊ non of ma business

    kenny
    December 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm
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  7. Crazy man that does not make sense.ur rich on earth but poor in eternity.if it is true then leave it in d toilet.d guy wl take d money and wash it for use again

    Augustine B yatin
    December 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm
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  8. God is alive

    emmanuel
    December 3, 2012 at 3:56 pm
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  9. Everything is vernity! Vernity upon Vernity.

    Salawudeen Nueisa
    December 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm
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  10. That’s about 250,000 naira here in 9ja. Na waoh! Wey I dey here dey find 100k…. God dey sha

    prince Ben
    December 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm
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  11. Why.

    ayorinde
    December 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm
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  12. wao ooo

    OBOMA JUDY
    December 3, 2012 at 9:08 pm
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  13. The guy is an ingrate….complete idiot

    Kunle
    December 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm
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  14. send him to court , let me see if the Britain will keep silent in this nonsense , we are talking about high currency in the hold world.

    prakash
    December 4, 2012 at 6:28 am
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