Former Liverpool Star Denies Poker Sacking

Former Liverpool Star Denies Poker Sacking

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Footballer leaves football club, isn't usually big news, especially for a poker website. The strange case of Albert Riera is a little more interesting though.

The former Liverpool midfielder is one of the growing number of footballers who enjoy a game of poker away from the pitch. It appears that his love of poker has caused a bit of friction with recent empolyee, Udinese.

The Daily Mirror alleged that Riera was playing in a tournament in Slovenia on 23 November when he should have been available for Udinese's relegation battle with Chievo. Riera finished second in the 83-runner event at the Perla di Nova Gorica Casino and pocketed £3,000.

Albert Riera
Image courtesy of PokerItalia.web.

The Serie A side released a statement confirming that Riera had left the club. “Udinese Calcio announces that the contract with the footballer Albert Ortega Riera has been terminated by mutual consent. Udinese Calcio wishes the footballer all the best for his future career.”

The 32-year-old took to Twitter to say that his departure from the Italian club had nothing to do with his exploits on the felt though.

Wherever Riera lands next, it looks like the away trips are set to be livened up with some poker action.

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