Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers have confirmed that they have taken disciplinary action against two of their players. Defender David Wheater and midfielder Liam Trotter have each been ‘fined, disciplined and warned’ after being ‘caught on camera making an offensive gesture’.

The incident took place prior to Tuesday night’s defeat to Brentford at Griffin Park as the Bolton Wanderers players and staff made their way into the stadium. The club also apologised for the incident.

The Trotters went down to a 3-1 defeat, nudging them even closer to plying their trade in League One next season. Their fate could finally be sealed this weekend.

Ex-Middlesbrough centre back Wheater was a half-time substitute, whilst former Ipswich Town man Trotter started and played the full 90 minutes of the loss.

A statement released by the football club confirmed that action had been taken against the pair and that the club will not tolerate such behaviour from anyone associated with the club. The statement read:

Bolton Wanderers can announce that the club has taken disciplinary action against Liam Trotter and David Wheater.
The pair will be fined, disciplined and warned as to their future conduct after they were caught on camera making an offensive gesture prior to Tuesday night’s game against Brentford at Griffin Park.
Bolton Wanderers takes the conduct of its players and staff extremely seriously and will not tolerate such behaviour.
The club would like to apologise for any offence caused by the incident.
Wheater’s contract expires this summer, whilst Trotter still has another year to run on his contract.

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