Remember when you picked up a yellow card playing for your local Sunday team and had to hand over a £5 fine? Well, that happens in professional football too but the penalties are much, much bigger.
That is a fact that Wesley Sneijder knows only too well after the Dutch veteran was handed an outrageous bill of £1.96m from his club Galatasaray after he picked up 11 cautions last season.
Working out £178,000 per card, the 32-year-old faces the prospect of handing over most of his annual wage. One report from 2014 suggested he earns £2.5m-a-season, meaning it is likely to be a lean Christmas in the Sneijder household. Well, leaner than usual.
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Needless to say, the player is fuming with the situation and has already spoken out against it. A fan favourite since joining in 2013, there have also been protests outside the training ground in his honour.
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."
Sneijder thanked the fans who have supported him, sending them a message on his official Twitter page.
"Galatasaray fans, thank you for your support on this day. I am grateful... I love you!" he wrote.
Pushing him out the club
According to the same report, Sneijder was one of 13 players to be handed fines upon returning for pre-season training, leaving half the squad understandably furious.
But his agent, Guido Albers, has claimed Galatasaray are actively seeking to push Sneijder out of the club in order to get a big transfer fee.
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