Paulo Di Canio is not likely to ever let Bardsley play for Sunderland again…
Sunderland have suspended 28-year-old Scottish fullback Phil Bardsley, after the defender mocked his team’s opening Premier League defeat, reports the Telegraph.
The Black Cats fell to a 1-0 home loss to Fulham, which Bardsley was not involved in, as Di Canio had refused to give him a squad number following an unsavoury incident earlier in the summer.
Before the weekend’s match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland Under-21 player Scott Harrison posted a picture of the players emerging from the tunnel on social networking site instagram – with the caption ‘Opening Day (heart)’.
A reply from Bardsley’s Bardoman26 account, which has since been deleted, read: ‘Great opening day. Hahahhahaha hahahhaha!!!’.
Italian boss Di Canio had already fallen out with the Scottish fullback earlier in the summer, after Bardsley was pictured lying on the floor of a casino covered in £50 notes, which naturally received nationwide criticism from football supporters.
Sunderland will be keen to get rid of the troublesome defender, who has been told he is not welcome at the training ground until the matter has been investigated further. The former Manchester United prospect has been at Sunderland since 2008, making 148 league appearances in the process, but it appears his time at the club has come to an end.
Di Canio will be willing to accept a nominal transfer fee in order to move Bardsley out of the door as quickly as possible.