Republic of Ireland player banned from UK racecourses over Cheltenham 'urination'

Samir Carruthers in action for Republic of Ireland U21s
Samir Carruthers in action for Republic of Ireland U21s

Two professional footballers, who apparently urinated into a glass at the Cheltenham Festival, have been banned from attending racecourses in Britain.

Samir Carruthers of MK Dons and James Collins - who was on loan to Northampton Town at the time from Shrewsbury Town - were pictured misbehaving while surrounded by racegoers at the festival in March.

Dons midfielder Carruthers has been capped for Ireland at U17 and U21 level.

Collins, who is now with Crawley Town, and Carruthers both publicly apologised for their actions, which saw the pair pour the glass's contents from their race balcony.

Collins can appeal against the ban - from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) - after two years while Carruthers can appeal after a year.

Jessica Hayes and Katie Salmon, former stars in the ITV2 reality show Love Island, have also been banned after being photographed exposing their breasts at the same Cheltenham meeting. They can appeal after three years.

BHA spokeswoman Rosie Margarson said: "The British Horseracing Authority is responsible for protecting the proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing in this country.

"As a result of their behaviour at Cheltenham racecourse, the BHA applied to its disciplinary officer to have Katie Salmon, Jessica Hayes, Samir Carruthers and James Collins excluded from all licensed premises, including all racecourses in Great Britain.

"The disciplinary officer was satisfied on the evidence put before him that all individuals should be excluded from the sport."

Salmon tweeted on Sunday: "Who wants to go the races anyway."