Andre Blackman was branded “absolutely disgraceful” by Blackpool manager Lee Clark after appearing in court in London charged with theft.
The defender was ordered to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work after Hammersmith Magistrates Court was told he fled from Harrods with a jacket worth £1,225.
The 24-year-old made the last of his three Pool appearances at Leeds in early November, when he was substituted after 17 minutes .
It’s another embarrassing episode in a season blighted by turmoil and Pool boss Clark didn’t hold back when asked about Blackman’s actions.
“It’s absolutely disgraceful,” he said. “It’s not what I want associated with the group of players I work with.”
Blackman has been told he is surplus to requirements at Bloomfield Road and has been training away from the first team in recent months.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham youth player joined Pool last September on a season-long deal, and the club will not be taking up its option to extend it.
Clark added: “I’m sick and tired of talking about things off the field. We need to stop these silly stories that have nothing to do with the football team. I can’t wait for a clean slate in the summer and the chance to rebuild everything.”