Bent fined for venting his frustration on Twitter
Spurs striker Darren Bent has been slapped with £80,000 fine by the London club after venting his frustration over his proposed move to Sunderland on Twitter.
The 25-year-old looked set to undergo a medical at the Stadium of Light before completing a £9m pound move to Sunderland only for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy to raise the striker's price tag to £12m following interest from both Hull City and Stoke.
Bent, however, made it clear that he has no interest in joining either The Tigers or The Potters and expressed his anger towards Levy on Twitter. "Stop f$%king around" he tweeted before adding: "It's so frustrating. "Seriously getting pissed off now."
The former Charlton player has apologized publicly for his online outburst but was still fined two weeks' wages by Spurs. Additionally, Steve Bruce, the Sunderland manager, is reported to have taken a dim view of his potential signing's actions rating the chances of closing the deal as just "50-50".
"I appreciate that transfers are seldom straightforward and are often complex," Bent said in a statement yesterday. "However, after a long period of waiting following my withdrawal from the plane to China, I had become incredibly frustrated by the time these things take and I posted inappropriate comments on my Twitter site."
"I allowed my emotions to get in the way of my better judgment. I regret my actions and did not intend to offend Daniel Levy or anyone with the nature or the content of my posting."