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Blues pair accused of late-night drinking

May 18, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Birmingham City goalkeepers Ben Foster and Colin Doyle have been accused of going on a disrespectful late-night drinking session just days before the relegation-threatened club's crucial final game of the season.

Ben Foster
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The Blues pair's indiscretions came to light after Doyle's wife, unimpressed at her husband's behaviour ahead of a crucial fixture, tweeted her dissatisfaction following the club's end-of-season dinner in Birmingham city centre.

Birmingham travel to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. With the relegation battle so close at the foot of the Premier League, they require three points to be certain of survival.

Becky Doyle wrote on her Twitter feed: "F***d off with my husband getting in at 4am with fossy [Foster] and waking me up. Celebrate next week when your safe. Have some respect."

Although she later deleted her comment, Mrs Doyle was unrepentant. She wrote that she was "so angry, what's the point of Twitter if your not allowed to write what you want on it". She later added: "Golf bag and clubs still for sale. Comes with one hung-over husband."

Blues boss Alex McLeish told Sky Sports News: "It was an error of judgement. They know I was disappointed with that. But there were a lot of players who weren't out at all, so they shouldn't be tarred with the same brush.''

Birmingham's 2-0 defeat at home to Fulham on Sunday leaves McLeish's side above the relegation zone on goal difference alone and the manager will surely be unimpressed by his goalkeepers' behaviour.