Image: Wesley Sneijder
Wesley Sneijder has reportedly been fined nearly £2m for earning 11 yellow cards with his club Galatasaray. The Holland international footballer, however, insisted that there’s no need for him exiting the club due to this surprisingly ridiculous problem, but adds that he’s unhappy with the development.
The controversial fine sparked protests by angry fans outside the club’s headquarters in Istanbul against club chairman Dursun Ozbek.
Sneijder has been a huge favorite at Galatasaray since joining the club back in in 2013.
He told NTV: “I am really sorry for what has happened. It’s not possible to say at the moment what is going to happen. We will wait and see what the coming days will bring.
“I do not give too much importance to the fine,” he added.
Turkish media reports say Sneijder was one of 13 Galatasaray players fined by the club for yellow cards accumulated last season.
The midfielder was reportedly hit with a £1.96m fine for his 11 cards – which calculates at around £178,000 per card.
“Galatasaray fans, thank you for your support on this day. I am grateful… I love you!” he wrote.
The Dutch professional footballer was named UEFA midfielder of the season and one of the three best midfielders in the world for 2010 by FIFA.
Wesley is a product of the AFC Ajax Academy. He had previously played for Ajax, winning a total of four trophies and was awarded the Johan Cruyff Trophy in 2004.
The Dutchman was sold to Real Madrid for €27 million in 2007. During his time with the Los Blancos in La Liga, he won his first season with the club and was later being sold to Internazionale for €15 million.
At Inter, the midfielder won Serie A, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, and two Copa Italia.
After being sold to Galatasaray for €7.5 million in 2013, he helped the club win the Süper Lig in his first season, following with the capture of the Turkish Super Cup, which the club won after a 1–0 thrashing of rivals Fenerbahçe.