Ben Foster has been told to stop making YouTube videos, reveals Watford CEO Scott Duxbury, who takes aim at Cycling GK channel ‘completely fake’
Ben Foster has been fined by Watford after breaking his promise to stop filming for his YouTube channel last season, according to club CEO Scott Duxbury.
The experienced goalkeeper, who has since left the club, launched his video channel when matches were played behind closed doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the 39-year-old continued to film them despite the fact that fans were then allowed back into matches. .
Foster became a hit for his ‘Cycling GK’ YouTube channel, which was later followed by a ‘Fozcast’ podcast, which gave fans a glimpse into the life of a footballer.
Featuring interviews, funny moments and match highlights with footage captured on a GoPro camera placed in the goal, the 39-year-old quickly garnered over a million subscribers on the video-sharing platform.
However, in a season when the Hornets suffered relegation from the Premier League, Foster was asked to stop filming the videos by the club’s sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta.
According to Duxbury, the goalkeeper promised he would, but backtracked on his wish to produce more content.
It saw Foster fined by his club and apparently led to backstage tension at Vicarage Road.
Speaking to the Watford Observer, Duxbury said: “There are a lot of things that happen in a season that are politically sensitive which we cannot discuss with the fans in the way I would like.
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“However, now that the season is over, I will say that I think some of the videos were disappointing. Our sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta, met Ben and asked him to stop. He promised he would, but he did not. 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 totally fake and that we had fined the player and asked him to stop, but that was just not something I could do.
“Going forward, player contracts will contain clauses that make it clear that this type of behavior will not be allowed.”
Duxbury also objected to Roy Hodgson’s decision not to acknowledge Watford supporters during the clash with Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park – the match which confirmed their relegation to the Championship.
“I tried, after it happened, to allude in my program notes to things that had happened that were beyond my belief,” Duxbury said.
“Even if as a person your heart belongs to another club, you are still the manager of Watford. Have you just finished a game which saw you relegated and you are ignoring your own supporters? No, you have to address to your own fans and your own players. Words failed me.
“I have known Roy for many years and was surprised and disappointed, but I guess we have to accept, if not really understand, his explanation.”
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