Pajtim Kasami’s fine for taking a penalty – and ignoring the team instructions – at Chelsea will pay for Fulham’s Christmas party.
The Swiss under-21 midfielder hit the bar with a penalty in Fulham’s Carling Cup tie at Stamford Bridge last month, which angered Jol as Orlando Sa had been picked as the side’s penalty taker. Press reports had suggested that the players were unhappy with Jol’s decision to fine Kasami £500, something later denied by both the former Palermo man and Brede Hangeland. Jol revealed at yesterday’s press conference that the money would go towards the club’s Christmas party:
I spoke to Kasami and he agreed he was wrong. If you’ve got a disciplined team and I tell someone to take the free-kicks, for example, a 19-year-old boy shouldn’t take the ball off him. It’s okay if he scores, but I still would’ve talked to him.
Danny Murphy’s my penalty taker and Bobby [Zamora] can take a penalty. I don’t think in the next game somebody else should take the ball. That’s undisciplined.
If someone is late for dinner before an away match, I think it’s undisciplined and I don’t want that either. At the start of the season I spoke about it [a fines system], and the money’s coming back to us for dinner and drinks.