Defender arrest warrant came as surprise to Pool

Blackpool's Jeffrey Rentmeister

Blackpool's Jeffrey Rentmeister

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Blackpool say the arrest warrant issued to defender Jeffrey Rentmeister came as a massive shock.

The Belgian was accused of drink driving and driving without insurance after being stopped by police on January 11.

He failed to attend court this week to answer the charges, leading to a warrant being issued by Blackpool Magistrates.

Pool manager Lee Clark revealed the 30-year-old had not informed his employers of the incident.

“We knew nothing at all about it,” Clark explained. “Jeffrey had ample opportunity to tell us about it as I’ve had personal meetings about other things lately.

“I’ve granted him some time to spend with his family and his girlfriend.

“Over the last week I’ve had four or five personal meetings with him and he never mentioned the incident once. That was the perfect time to give us an idea what was happening.

“It’s strange because the football club could have helped with support. We could have helped legally maybe.

“The first I heard about it was when the news broke on Monday and I got an email.

“If players are not going to tell me what’s going on, then it’s really hard for us to help.

“I believe it’s got quite serious now, so we’ll have to wait and see.”

Clark is unaware of Rentmeister’s exact whereabouts but did grant him permission to return to Belgium.

The Pool boss added: “We haven’t spoken to him since the news broke because he’s back in Belgium.

“He’s also been training with a club back there, with his future in mind.

“It seems a common theme at this club – there seems to be a negative news story every week.”

Clark says the club will wait for more information from the police before making a decision on Rentmeister’s future.

“We don’t know the course of action the police want to take, and until we do we can’t make any decisions,” he said.

“We’ve been told there’s a warrant out for his arrest, which sounds serious enough, so we will get the information before doing anything.”

Rentmeister made his ninth and latest Pool appearance in the home defeat by Ipswich at the start of November, which was Clark’s first game in charge.