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Albert Riera Missed Serie A Match Due To Poker Tournament?

Tags: Albert Riera, Liverpool, Manchester City, Serie A, Udinese.
Posted on 01 December 2014 by "T".

Former Liverpool and Manchester City winger Albert Riera, 32, has been under fire in the past few days. Reason? Well, some claim that his contract with Serie A club Udinese was terminated last Thursday after he skipped a match against Chievo to play in a poker tournament in Slovenia, where he won €3,550 for finishing second.

Udinese announced that Riera was no longer part of the club on Thursday on their website: 'Udinese Calcio announces that the contract with the footballer Albert Ortega Riera has been terminated by mutual consent. Udinese Calcio wishes the footballer all the best for his future career.'

According to Daily Mail, Riera insisted that the termination of his contract had nothing to do with his choice of playing poker instead of football.

source: Daily Mail


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12 comments on "Albert Riera Missed Serie A Match Due To Poker Tournament?"


 Heskor01/12/2014 14:50:10 GMT
Well this shows that poker was a virus for him to miss a game to play poker well he is stupid he earns so much more playing football and it might be the fact he needs the rush of poker that is why he skip football to play poker lol, anyway bad move from him and gambling looks to be a problems if it let you miss your job and you lose interest and so on and just cannot do your work!
 ratovic8001/12/2014 16:54:04 GMT
He's been having problems with the club, having said in public that the italian club that he plays for is the worst he ever represented.
 klash2301/12/2014 17:12:35 GMT
From reading some of the newspaper reports he didn't even play a single game for Udinese so I am sure the sacking was due to them not wanting him and from Rieras point of view he obviously didn't want to be playing for them anyway.
He won a bit of money so looks like it all worked out for everyone in the end!
 leno101/12/2014 18:34:27 GMT
Posted by Heskor:
Well this shows that poker was a virus for him to miss a game to play poker well he is stupid he earns so much more playing football and it might be the fact he needs the rush of poker that is why he skip football to play poker lol, anyway bad move from him and gambling looks to be a problems if it let you miss your job and you lose interest and so on and just cannot do your work!


€3,550 is really not a bad payout, but I guess if he plays in the Serie A he should definitely earn more per month than what he has won there. It was just one nights` work but risking to loose the job for it is not worth it.
 bowie198401/12/2014 22:11:31 GMT
Former Liverpool and Manchester City winger Albert Riera, 32, has been under fire in the past few days. Reason? Well, some claim that his contract with Serie A club Udinese was terminated last Thursday after he skipped a match against Chievo to play in a poker tournament in Slovenia, where he won €3,550 for finishing second.

Haha, looser leaves town. However in this case the runner up does.
 lomax01/12/2014 22:47:59 GMT
Udinese F.C. is a very serious club and demands from all its players who are in the stands to cheer for the team when they do not play . go play poker was not a good idea for Riera Aww crap!
 mgabesz02/12/2014 09:01:32 GMT
He was a football player not poker player and he could play illness BEFORE the poker tournament to attend and then he could have a day off legally but this combination was the worth. We do not know the buy-in so he won not a very big amount and he lost his job as well. Bad business anyway.
 magatt96602/12/2014 09:30:18 GMT
Italian football won't miss him....also because he wasn't able to play a single minute in Serie A
 doubletop77702/12/2014 10:12:20 GMT
It's a bit crazy, that he would risk losing a very high paid job just to go and play in a poker tournament. He probably earns more in one day, than he would have for winning the tournament
 Sorin88802/12/2014 10:52:10 GMT
He insists he parted ways with club, however, for 'mutual footballing reasons'. His contract termination may also be in no small part due to the fact that he publically tweeted that Udinese was the 'worst club he has played for'.
He is also not the only person to lose their job over poker last month. Navy commander Timothy Giardina lost his job after it was discovered he had taken fake poker chips into his local card room.
 Skpmorita02/12/2014 12:31:12 GMT
some people here are mixing it
the reason he wasn't there because he didn't want to
it wasn't because of poker
he make that amount of money in half a week playing in the Serie A

but the club dosen't want him anymore and he also desire new club

so his choice was sitting at home doing nothing while waiting for his contract termination or go play some poker

the press just decided to mix his departure and poker for more views
 damosk02/12/2014 18:09:49 GMT
2nd place for $3000 was his winnings! That's probably no where near to about a weeks wages for him, so why oh why? There is one simple answer! Poker can take over your life and when u play for a bad team, why not go and play poker instead!

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