West Ham owner David Sullivan has threatened to fine forward Benni McCarthy if he doesn’t lose weight. The tubby striker missed out on a World Cup on homesoil with South Africa because of concerns over his fitness, and now his club reckon his eating habit could be in breach of his contract.
Sullivan said: “It’s like a jockey being overweight. He can’t ride a horse and no-one is going to pay him. I think we are fully within our rights to say ‘you are not honouring your side of the contract’.”
Outspoken Sullivan said the 32-year-old was now on a weight loss programme to ensure he gets back to match fitness.
“We are not being unrealistic. We’ve given him a target of losing a kilo (2.2lbs) a week. He has to lose five or six more kilos.
“He is training very hard so he must be eating or drinking something very wrong. Short of spending 24 hours with him, we have to assume that.
“You expect him to turn up in a state to be a footballer. We are not starving him. It’s just don’t eat ice cream, don’t eat cakes, don’t drink wine.”
Hopefully this is not the same diet that Mido was put on.