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SHOCKING PICTURE: Vile English footballer Ridgewell wipes his backside with money

Published on: 02 December 2012

In what will enrage hard-working football fans all over the world, West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has been pictured wiping his backside with money.

With many fans already unhappy over the huge wages footballers earn, Ridgewell, 28, is seen squatting 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 England while many fans in the developed world like Ghana, who pay to watch these stars on television with earn his weekly wages in years.

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.

Apology: Ridgewell has said sorry for any offense caused

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.



This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • jj says:
    December 03, 2012 01:53 am
    and also its clearly a jke dont say us Ghanains are this naive to believ he is actually wiping his arse with a twenty pund note do you think the person taking the pic will actally stand the and take the pic if he was actually excreting his waste material
  • jj says:
    December 03, 2012 01:52 am
    first he aint english this is ghanasoccernet emphasizing 'Ghana' here and also its his money he earned him let him do what he wants with it. it is none of our business we came here to discuss the game football not discuss th eplayers within the games private life. if we are so jealous of the money they make why dont we (or didnt) sacrifice our youths to become pro footballers he arned him leave him
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    December 02, 2012 08:24 pm
    Lol, hahahaha!!!
  • idiami says:
    December 02, 2012 05:48 pm
    money spiner
  • junior mafia says:
    December 02, 2012 02:33 pm
    Wat a shit head
  • texas says:
    December 02, 2012 02:04 pm
    Non sense!!