Ben Foster broke his promise to stop making YouTube videos and was fined by Watford

Ben Foster was fined last season for breaking his promise to stop filming for his popular YouTube channel.

That’s according to Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury, who detailed the meeting between himself, Foster and sporting director Cristiano Giaretta over his “totally fake” videos.

Foster started posting on his YouTube channel — Ben Foster: The Cycling GK — when games were being played behind closed doors during the COVID pandemic.

Since then, the 39-year-old has continued to post content regularly on his channel, with videos showing ‘behind the scenes’ footage from inside the club’s training ground.

The channel, which currently has more than 1.1 million subscribers at the time of writing, also shows footage from the Premier League dressing rooms on matchday as well as team hotels.

Foster has come under fire from some fans for “prioritizing” his YouTube channel over football.

In fact, in October, a Watford club insider told The Athletic of his anger at the goalkeeper’s antics.

“It makes me so angry,” they said. “Focus your dedication and commitment to the club because in return you receive a huge salary and a privileged life.”

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Now, in a recent interview with the Watford Observer, club chairman Scott Duxbury has suggested Foster has been fined after breaking his promise to stop filming.

“There are a lot of things that happen in a season that are politically sensitive that we can’t discuss with the fans the way I would like,” Duxbury said.

“However, now that the season is over, I will say that I think some of the videos were underwhelming. Our sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta, met Ben and asked him to stop. He promised he would, but he didn’t. He was fined.

“We want a culture of excellence at Watford. Those videos weren’t that. I wanted to say publicly at the time that the videos were completely fake and that we had fined the player and asked him to stop, but that was just not something I could do.”

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Duxbury added that in future player contracts will contain clauses to “make it clear that this type of behavior will not be permitted”.

In February, Foster revealed his ambitions to one day play in the United States.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper says fans in the US are “much more receptive” to behind-the-scenes content.

“I still don’t know how long I will continue to play football. I have said several times that I would like to go out to the [United] United States and play in America for a year,” Foster told SPORF.

“I know a lot of people would love to see the GoPro in Goal in America.

“They’re so much more receptive there to that kind of stuff anyway. You see the cameras in the lockers after games and all that kind of stuff.

“So they have so much more access. I think people would be really interested in what it would be like to go to the States and play football.”

Raymond T. Helms