Leicester City will have to pay at least £35 in fines to Wigan Athletic after missing the deadline for returning goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.
Wigan said it has sent Leicester several emails in recent weeks reminding Leicester the goalkeeping item was due back on January 7th.
“Chris was due back three weeks ago,” said Wigan chairman Dave Whelan. “He still hasn’t been returned, so we have no choice but to apply charges.”
Whelan said the fine on high demand items such as Kirkland is £1.50 per day, meaning Leicester currently owe more than £30 for the late return of the £21,000-per-week player, on top of a £5 admin fee.
He also warned that Kirkland should be returned in his original condition or Leicester will be liable for the full cost of a new keeper.
“We know it’s common to forget to return loan players, or to leave them lying around at the club,” said Adrian Bevington of the FA. “But rules are rules. If Leicester wanted to keep Kirkland until now, they should have renewed their booking on the Wigan FC website.”
Leicester manager Sven Goran Eriksson last night insisted that Kirkland had been returned on time, claiming he left the England international at a drop-off box outside Wigan’s DW Stadium on 19th December.