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Two Irish footballers banned from British racecourses after urinating incident

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers and Crawley Town striker James Collins have been punished for their actions at Cheltenham back in March.

 Carruthers (left) during his Ireland U21 days.
Carruthers (left) during his Ireland U21 days.

IRISH FOOTBALLERS SAMIR Carruthers and James Collins have been banned from racecourses in Britain by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The pair, who are former Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals, were plunged into controversy following their actions at the Cheltenham Festival in March 2016.

MK Dons midfielder Carruthers was pictured appearing to urinate into a glass, while photographs also emerged of Crawley Town striker Collins pouring a liquid from a balcony.

Both players were subsequently punished by their clubs and apologised.

“I just want to say I’m sorry to everyone – my family, the club, the chairman, the gaffer,” Carruthers told Sky Sports after the incident.

“I’ve not been raised up to do something like that and I’ve let everyone down. I’ve lt the community down, I’ve let Milton Keynes down and I have to take the criticism that comes with it.”

As well as Carruthers and Collins, television personalities Katie Salmon and Jessica Hayes have also been banned.

The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for protecting the proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing in this country,” said BHA spokesperson Rosie Margarson.

“As a result of their behaviour at Cheltenham racecourse, the BHA applied to its disciplinary officer to have Katie Salmon, Jessica Hayes, Samir Carruthers and James Collins excluded from all licensed premises, including all racecourses in Great Britain.

“The disciplinary officer was satisfied on the evidence put before him that all individuals should be excluded from the sport.”

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