The midfielder’s past could come back to haunt him.
After leaving Chelsea this summer following 13 years of success with the club it’s thought that Frank Lampard will join MLS side New York City FC, reports the Telegraph.
Yet although the 36-year-old is an international star in the sport and likely to be welcomed into American soccer, his past may well scupper his chances of that happening.
Back in 2001 and not long after the then 23-year-old Lampard had joined the Blues from West Ham United, he was reported to be among four players who mocked American tourists.
The group were stranded in a hotel near Heathrow Airport due to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11.
Just a day later and Lampard and his three teammates were reported by the New York Daily News to have done this in front of the upset tourists.
“Lampard was among four British players who mocked American tourists stranded at a hotel near Heathrow Airport because of the Sept. 11 attacks.
“Just 24 hours after the tragedy, Lampard and his Chelsea teammates drunkenly stripped, swore and vomited in front of the upset U.S. tourists.
“He and his mates were fined by the club.”
This is hardly going to endear the midfielder to the fans in New York and forums in the city have already been awash with those damning the Englishman and his actions.
Lampard has apologised for his indiscretions since the incident and was fined by the West Londoners at the time, but with an event like 9/11 it may take some time for the veteran to be forgiven.
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