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Blackpool fine Chopra for training tweet

• Striker tweets that session is a joke
• Club's troubled season continues

Michael Chopra has risked rocking the boat at Blackpool by apparently tweeting his dissatisfaction at the standard of training at the club.

The striker has been fined £10,000 by Blackpool and warned about his future conduct.

Chopra had tweeted: "Fucking joke this come in training only 6 fucking players here then find out the fitness coach taken the football session #joke." The tweet was subsequently deleted.

The 30-year-old striker only joined Blackpool in July last year on a free transfer from Ipswich and his one-year deal must now be considered under threat.

The club said in a statement: "In light of a tweet from striker Michael Chopra, Blackpool Football Club can confirm that the player will receive a maximum fine and has been warned about his future conduct.

"The club can confirm that Chopra was one of number of players asked to report to training as normal this morning for extra work with the fitness coach.

"Both the manager and the chairman are aware and disappointed with the contents of his tweet, prompting this course of action.

"The player, who has the right to appeal, has since apologised for the tweet and removed the contents from his account.

"The manager has requested that the fine levied against Chopra, which equates to more than £10,000, be donated to the club's Community Trust, to assist in their work as part of Altogether Now – A Legacy for Blackpool."

The Seasiders, who lie 12th in the Championship, have endured a torrid few months. Three players - Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie - were sent off in the last five minutes in a 1-0 defeat at Yeovil in December.

In their following match, they were beaten 5-1 by Derby County and had two more players sent off: Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez.

The Blackpool manager Paul Ince was given a five-match stadium ban in October, for his conduct towards a match official following his side's 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

He admitted three charges relating to his actions in the tunnel after the game, including that his behaviour constituted violent conduct. He was also fined £4,000.

Ince, who was appointed in February 2013, has a record of played 40, won 12, lost 13 and drawn 15.

Tangerines' red mist

September 14: Jack Robinson sent off at Bournemouth

September 27 : Angel Martinez sent off at Huddersfield Town

October 8: Manager Paul Ince given five-match stadium ban

October 26: Jack Robinson sent off at home to Blackburn

December 3: Ricardo Fuller, Kirk Broadfoot and Gary Mackenzie sent off at Yeovil

December 7: Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez sent off at Derby


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