Footballers banned from Cheltenham after urinating in glass

A group of footballers have been banned from Cheltenham Festival after being photographed urinating into a glass and then emptying it into the crowd.

MK Dons midfielder Samir Carruthers, 22, and Northampton Town's James Collins, 25, were pictured relieving themselves in snaps which appeared in The Sun.

They also showed Bristol City defender Luke Ayling, 24, smiling and with his arm around Carruthers as the liquid is poured over the railings.

All three clubs said they will investigate the loutish behaviour, and Cheltenham has blocked the party from attending the second day of the festival.

Northampton's James Collins has been fined two weeks wages over the incident. Credit: PA

Carruthers and Collins have since apologised for their behaviour saying they had let their clubs down.

Northampton Town Football Club said Collins has also been fined the maximum allowable two weeks wages and warned about his future conduct.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas said: "James knows full well of our disappointment in him and fully accepts that his actions have damaged the reputation of the two clubs and football in general.

"We cannot control what players do in their spare time, however we do expect a level of behaviour becoming of being a professional footballer and that has been made very clear to James."

Stricter dress codes have been imposed at some races after loutish behaviour. Credit: PA

Cheltenham and other racing festivals have tried to smarten their image up in recent years after frequent episodes of loutish behaviour.

Pictures of women tottering in high heels and swigging from champagne bottles, or slumped on the ground with their legs askew, have become a mainstay of the racing season.

Some courses have announced stricter dress codes in an attempt to spruce up their image.

Last month, organisers of the Grand National Festival at Aintree urged women attending this year's Ladies' Day to smarten up in a bid to make the day more "aspirational".