Freelance Journalist Marcus Stead

Football Ace Bothroyd Won’t Pay His Bill, Claims Garage Boss

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FORMER Cardiff City striker Jay Bothroyd risks being taken to court for failing to pay a car repair bill totalling little more than £1,000.

The 29-year-old, who this summer transferred to big-spending Premier League newcomers QPR, is believed to be earning a basic salary of £25,000 per week, with a £2,500 bonus for every game he plays along with a £250,000 windfall if the club survives relegation.

Despite this, the former England international has failed to pay a bill totalling £1,050.64 for repairs to his Mercedes and Range Rover.

The work was carried out in late 2010 by garage owner Dave Prance, who maintains vehicles belonging to most of the Cardiff City players and staff. However, after a lengthy exchange of text messages between him and Bothroyd, his patience is running out.

He said: “I have a very good relationship with the vast majority of the players and staff, and I’m astonished that someone who is on as much money as Jay would be dragging out something like this for so long.”

During the exchange of texts, Bothroyd made a series of excuses, including one on 20 May when he said he had to get out of Cardiff because he was ‘too p****d off’. Shortly after his departure from the Bluebirds, Bothroyd engaged in an angry exchange with a section of the club’s fans on Twitter.

Prance finally decided to take legal action after Bothroyd failed to respond to text messages sent on 22 August. He said: “I’m certainly not going to let this drop. I have been more that reasonable in giving him time to pay. He hasn’t indicated that he is unhappy with the work we carried out, but is just making excuse after excuse for not paying.

“My solicitor was away when I first decided to take action, but he’s written to Bothroyd directly in the last week or so. I hope he has the good sense to pay his bill in the very near future, otherwise I’ll have no option but to take him to a small claims court.”

A spokesman for QPR declined to comment.


Written by Marcus Stead

November 5, 2011 at 3:01 am

Posted in Business, Sport

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