Ben Foster was fined last season for breaking a promise to stop filming for his popular YouTube channel.
That’s according to Watford chairman and CEO Scott Duxbury, who detailed the meeting between himself, Foster and sporting director Cristiano Giaretta over his “completely wrong” videos.
Foster started posting on his YouTube channel – Ben Foster: The Cycling GK – as games were played behind closed doors during the COVID pandemic.
Since then, the 39-year-old has continued to post regular content to his channel, with videos showing ‘behind the scenes’ footage from the club’s training ground.
The channel, which currently has more than 1.1 million subscribers at the time of writing, also features footage of Premier League dressing rooms on match day and team hotels.
Foster has been criticized by some fans for giving his YouTube channel “priority” over football.
In October, a Watford club insider even told The Athletic of his anger at the goalkeeper’s antics.
“It makes me so angry,” they said. “Focus your dedication and commitment to the club because in return you will receive a huge salary and a privileged life.”
Now, in a recent interview with the Watford Observer, club president Scott Duxbury has suggested that Foster was fined after breaking his promise to stop filming.
“There are a lot of things that happen during a season that are politically sensitive that we can’t discuss with fans in the way I would like,” said Duxbury.
“But now that the season is over, I have to say that I found some of the videos disappointing. Our sporting director, Cristiano Giaretta, met Ben and asked him to stop. He promised he would but he didn’t. fine.
“We want a culture of excellence at Watford. Those videos weren’t. I wanted to say publicly at the time that the videos were totally wrong and we had fined the player and asked him to stop, but it just wasn’t something I could do.”
Duxbury added that future player contracts will contain clauses to “make it clear that this kind of behavior is not allowed”.
In February, Foster opened up about his ambitions to play in the United States someday.
The former Manchester United goalkeeper says fans in the US are “much more receptive” to behind-the-scenes content.
“I’m still not sure how long I’ll keep playing football. I’ve already said a few times that I’d like to go to the [United] States and play in America for a year,” Foster told SPORF.
“I know a lot of people would love to see the GoPro in the Goal back in America.
“They’re much more receptive to that sort of thing anyway. You see the cameras in the lockers after games and all that sort of thing.
“So they have so much more access. I think people would really brag about what it would look like to go to the States and play football.”