Jermaine Pennant has certainly experienced his fair share of highs and lows during his topsy-turvy career.
Pennant signed for Singapore’s Tampines Rovers back in January, after leaving Wigan Athletic in 2015, but his latest adventure was brought to a premature end this week.
By refusing to accept a pay cut on his “super-scale salary”, Pennant’s current employers claim they’ve been left with no choice but the axe the English winger.
Krishna Ramachandra, chairman of Tampines Rovers, believes it would “create a social injustice” to continue paying Pennant his reported £23,495-a-month salary while his teammates were taking pay cuts.
Ramachandra explains Pennant situation
"He's a great player,” Ramachandra - per BBC Sport - said of Pennant, “but no player makes the team.
"He's had a huge impact on the club and Singapore football. Someone of his stature and frankly quite iconic status engenders an excitement and vibe which was much needed for Singapore football in the early stages of the season."
Pennant reacts to the decision
Reacting to the club’s decision, Pennant told the Straits Times newspaper: "You could bring [Lionel] Messi here, yes, you'd attract fans, but without money, and the government and the league helping out like they do with other sports, or what they do in other countries, it's not going to grow.
"If they don't do anything, football is always going to be in a comfort zone, not progressing."
Ramachandra: Paying Pennant would create 'social injustice'
Ramachandra has called Pennant, who famously wore an electronic tag in a Premier League match between Birmingham City and Tottenham following his release from prison after being convicted of a string of driving offences, an "immaculate professional".
But he added: “While the club could afford his wages, it would also send the wrong message to all the other players that one player is getting a super-scale salary while the others have to take a pay cut.
"It would create a social injustice within the dressing room."
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