Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie has been fined two weeks' wages after refusing to make the 600-mile round trip to face Sunderland last night.
The former Toon player, who is believed to earn £20,000-a-week was hauled in for showdown talks with manager Brian McDermott today prompting the decision to fine him two weeks’ wages.
Guthrie did send a text message to his manager on Monday night apologising for his refusal to face Sunderland.
McDermott said: ‘Danny Guthrie made a decision that his head wasn’t right to travel. Everybody has got to be going in the same direction. You have to put yourself in a position to be selection. His words were that his head isn’t right.
‘Was I disappointed? He would have been traveling. Any player has to be part of what we’re about. We can’t deviate from that. We have to be pulling in the same direction. This is probably not a conversation for this evening, but it is something we need to address in the week.’
Guthrie, 25, has endured a difficult start to his Royals career amid rumours in October of a training ground rift with McDermott – something that was vehemently denied by his manager at the time.
In addition to this, Guthrie made the news in the Summer after trouble at his wedding ceremony. His big day turned into a nightmare when a dance floor brawl between members of his and his bride’s family led to the police being called three times and his new wife, Rebecca, allegedly ending up in hospital.
Guthrie has made only five appearances for Reading in the Premier League this season and is now unlikely to be selected for Arsenal’s visit on Monday night.
The midfielder showed a lot of promise at Newcastle and its a shame that he hasn’t been able to reciprocate his form down South.