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Hull suspend Bullard

July 21, 2011
By Dale Johnson

Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard has been ordered to stay away from the club for the next fortnight after a breach of club discipline, ESPNsoccernet understands.

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Bullard, 32, has never lived up to the hype of his £5 million move to Hull during their first season in the Premier League and this latest incident is likely to hasten his departure from the KC Stadium.

ESPNsoccernet has been told that Bullard arrived at the training ground on Tuesday morning in a taxi after a night out in London and manager Nigel Pearson made it clear he was in no state to join the rest of the squad. He was told to leave immediately and suspended for two weeks.

The club are expected to make an official statement on Thursday morning.

Bullard, who is on a £45,000-a-week contract which still has another two seasons to run, has made just 23 league appearances for the Tigers since joining the club from Fulham in January 2009.

A move to Celtic following the club's relegation to the Championship last year collapsed, reportedly over the player's financial demands, and he was loaned to Ipswich Town in January.

Pearson opted to give Bullard a second chance when the players met up for pre-season this summer, taking him on a six-day training camp in Slovenia, but this latest indiscretion may prove too much for the East Yorkshire club.

He has been linked with a return to the Premier League and to London with Queens Park Rangers as Neil Warnock looks for added creativity with the impending sale of Adel Taarabt to Paris St Germain.

He was left out of the squad for Wednesday evening's friendly against Winterton Rangers, before whch Pearson told reporters: "There's nothing to add at this point. This conversation is going nowhere so we'll leave it at that."

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