After Sunderland secured their Premier League status ahead of the finale against Tottenham, the defender was on a midweek gambling session with team-mate Matt Kilgallon, and seemed to be doing rather well for himself:
Bardsley appeared to enjoy his winnings a touch too enthusiastically though, and was pictured lying down before friends covered him in banknotes:
The former Manchester United trainee claimed that alcohol was not a factor, although it seems his club is not convinced.
Even if he was just a bit tired – it was in the small hours, after all – Di Canio will be furious with the player, as he has issued strict instructions on discipline and behaviour since taking charge at the Stadium of Light.
The Italian said after Sunderland's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday:
"I saw the picture on a website and moments later he was out of my squad.
"How can I play a player that probably is blurry for three, four days after what's happened?
"I want to deliver a very clear message: there is no excuse to behave like he did."They went out because Wigan lost the game and we stay up.
"I could understand it if we had won the Champions League or maybe the FA Cup.
"We have to respect the dignity of the club, and the fans.
"I thought that at Swindon... arrogant, ignorant footballers because they've not had many chances to stay at the top level.
"I have to tell you unfortunately I found a worse environment in terms of discipline in this club."This is what I've found in the last few weeks so we have to change completely."
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