Watford chairman slams Foster for "disappointing" YouTube videos of dire season

Watford chairman Scott Duxbury has slammed Ben Foster and revealed he fined the goalkeeper for his "disappointing" YouTube videos.

Foster would frequently post videos following matches, during which he either wore or put a camera in his net. But he was criticised for the tone of those videos amid what was a dreadful campaign for the Hornets, in their first year back in the Premier League.

They won just six games all season, conceding 77 goals in the process, with Foster finding himself dropped on several occasions due to poor form. That did not stop Foster from posting videos on his CyclingGK YouTube channel though.

The Englishman's decision to press on with his posts left Watford furious as they attempted to stop him from doing so. Duxbury has now revealed that the Hornets went as far as fining him in an attempt to get him to stop.

“There are many things that occur during a season that are politically sensitive and that we can't discuss with fans in the way I would like to. However, now the season is over, I’ll say I think some of the videos were disappointing," Duxbury told the Watford Observer.

"Our sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta, met with Ben and asked him to stop. He promised he would, but he didn’t. He was fined. We want a culture of excellence at Watford. Those videos were not that.

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"I wanted to say publicly at the time that the videos were utterly wrong and we had fined the player and asked him to stop, but it just wasn’t something I could do. In future, player contracts will have clauses in them to make it clear that sort of behaviour will not be permitted.”

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Foster was released by Watford at the end of the season and he remains a free agent. His last video came two weeks ago, in a link up with Arsenal Women, while his last game update came after April's defeat to Brentford.

Ben Foster has been contacted for comment.

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