Ex-England striker Chris Ashton has admitted to being paid more in an advertisement deal than he made as a player, despite his playing career ending at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Ashton was paid £1.5 million to advertise his clothing company on BBC2’s The Daily Show and a £100,000 sponsorship deal was agreed with Adidas, who paid £75,000 to advertise their products at the club’s pre-season games.
“I’m proud of what I did, it’s not something I’d want to go back on,” Ashton said.
“But there’s a lot of people out there who were in a position to do it.”
There was no way I’d ever get out of it and I can’t blame them, because it’s a very difficult position to be in.
“Ashton’s admission came as his former club Aston Villa was fined £1m by the Premier League for failing to abide by the rules regarding player payments.
The former England striker was fined after his team lost their FA Cup quarter-final against Norwich City in April.
In the second half of the season, he was suspended by the Football Association for two months, but was allowed to return to action in October, scoring the only goal of the FA Cup final win over Tottenham.
But Ashton, who left the club in January, has admitted that he was given an unfair advantage.”
“I got a chance and it wasn’t good enough, and I’m just glad I got it done.””
Aston Villa’s players react to Ashton’s admission, with former manager Paul Lambert calling on them to be open to more.””
I got a chance and it wasn’t good enough, and I’m just glad I got it done.”
Aston Villa’s players react to Ashton’s admission, with former manager Paul Lambert calling on them to be open to more.
“When you are in the top job of a club you don’t expect to be treated badly and to be asked to pay the price,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.
“It’s something that can be done.”
Lambert said it was “unacceptable” that Ashton’s former club could have done what he did.
“To have paid a premium price to get in that position and be able to get that chance, it is something that is unacceptable,” he added.
Ashley has since said he is “disappointed” with the ruling, and is considering his options.
The 30-year-old has since been appointed as the chief executive of the League One club, and will be joined at Villa Park by chairman Mark Warburton.