Championship - Chopra fined by Blackpool for offensive tweet

Blackpool striker Michael Chopra has been fined by boss Paul Ince for an offensive tweet criticising the club’s training.

The 30-year-old has been fined £10,000 for an expletive-laden message posted on Twitter in which he attacked the club’s training arrangements.

Chopra, who is yet to score for the Seasiders, was asked to attend an extra session of training with the fitness coach, but was surprised to see so few of his team-mates arrive and took to the social networking site to express his frustration.

The tweet was almost instantly removed, but the former Sunderland, Cardiff and Ipswich striker has still found himself in hot water.

A club statement read: “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 a 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 money will be utilised across a number of projects to improve the lives of young people in Blackpool, through the delivery of health, education and inclusion schemes.”