Hull drops late Altidore, fines him for tweet

Hull dropped Jozy Altidore for arriving late for the team’s 0-0 draw with Portsmouth, the club said Monday, and the American striker will now be fined for having apologized on his twitter site.

The club said the American striker, who is on loan from Spanish club Villarreal, was left out of the squad for Saturday’s game against Portsmouth after arriving late at the stadium. He would have been on the bench and was replaced by Will Atkinson.

“It’s unacceptable behavior, full stop,” manager Phil Brown said. “You prepare all week for a match day, mentally and physically. To ask a player to arrive an hour and a half before a game is not too much to ask is it?”

Altidore then tweeted his apology to the fans, upsetting Brown again.

“Apologize to all of you,” he wrote. “I showed up late. Made a big mistake. I’m very very sorry.”

He will now be fined because Brown said the reasons for Altidore being left out should have remained private.

“It’s going to cost him a lot of money, unfortunately,” Brown said. “That for me is information that stays in house. The reason he wasn’t on the bench was our business.”