Brentford’s James Tarkowski, pursued by Burnley, was due to face his suitors in tonight’s game at Griffin Park. With interest from the Clarets, the Brentford central defender reported himself unavailable to play, despite being named in the starting line-up.
With Tarkowski’s one-man strike, the Bees were left with no other option than to drop him from the match day squad, the club then beginning an internal disciplonary procedure against the player – the outcome of which will remain confidential.
The club released a statement saying,
“James Tarkowski will be the subject of internal disciplinary action after telling Head Coach Dean Smith that he did not wish to play against Burnley in tonight’s Sky Bet Championship match.
Following discussions with Smith, Tarkowski declared himself unavailable for the fixture despite being selected in the starting line-up. As a result of these actions, he will be disciplined by the club.
Any resulting sanction will remain confidential and the Club will make no further comment on potential punishment.”
With such a show of what some could term ‘disloyalty’, fans would be understandably angry at the situation – one made worse wit hBrentford losing 3-0 at half-time.
Tarkowski withdraws from Brentford line-up – fans react on Twitter
James Tarkowski have rejected play with Brentford tonight against Burnley in Griffin Park. In the next hours, he could sign with other team.
— Pablo Cartas (@pablo_cartas) January 15, 2016
Lets be honest James Tarkowski has screwed Brentford over tonight!
— andrew dalziel (@dalziel_andrew) January 15, 2016
Brentford should let Tarkowski rot in the reserves for the rest of his contract. Bellend.
— Chris (@Himpatico) January 15, 2016
#Brentford fans not holding back on their feelings towards James Tarkowski. ‘W*****’ and ‘c***’ chanted from the Ealing Road Terrace.
— James Andrew (@JamesAndrew_) January 15, 2016
Tarkowski refuses to play so Brentford should refuse to pay him. Wonder what would happen then?
— Adam Flores (@adamflores91) January 15, 2016
Absolute disgrace that Tarkowski has refused to play for Brentford tonight. What an embarrassment and a shocking attitude towards the game
— Danny Williamson (@DannyWill23) January 15, 2016
Cannot believe James Tarkowski has refused to play for Brentford tonight because he wants a move to Burnley, who they are playing tonight
— Jonesy (@Jonesy1_) January 15, 2016
Even Championship players—namely, Brentford's James Tarkowski—refusing to play for their clubs to force a transfer. What a time to be alive.
— Jack Lusby (@jacklusby_) January 15, 2016
— Kevin Scott (@Kevscott1982) January 15, 2016
With such sentiment issuing forth from fans, is there realistically any way back into the fold at Griffin Park for James Tarkowski?