Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed two of his players who were involved in public inhalation of nitrous oxide [shisha] at a London bar which later graced the front pages of some British journals, will be punished when the time is right.
Pictures of 20-year-old Raheem Sterling and his teenage Liverpool team-mate Jordon Ibe surfaced online earlier in the week with the pair holding shisha pipes and looked to be smoking from the orange rubber.
However, ahead of the Reds’ FA Cup semi-final tie against Aston Villa at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday, Rodgers reiterated every professional athlete has responsibilities, especially as they’re seen as role models in the society.
But in cases where footballers behave in an irresponsible manner, Rodgers stated blatantly that it is right to caution them and teach them the norms and ethos of an elite.
“It is understanding that when you are a professional, elite sportsperson, there are things you can and cannot be doing and be seen to be doing,” Rodgers said.
“It’s not just for your welfare but also because of your responsibilities.”