Emmanuel Eboue Admits He Went To Pub In Disguise To Watch Arsenal
Being a football fan has become more an more expensive over the years, whether that's watching at home or in the ground. However we still expect the players to be able to afford it, such was Emmanuel Eboue's fall, he couldn't.
As football team's have made more and more money from tv deals they seem to have charged the football fans more and more to watch whilst TV companies have done the same to recoup their billions.
We think of all of our players now as being multi millionaires who would never have to worry about their Sky or BT subscription to watch football.
But Emmanuel Eboue's story of losing his money because of a nasty divorce has touched a lot of people, as he also battles with depression.
Eboue playing against Liverpool in his Arsenal days. Image: PA Images.
Speaking to the Mirror he revealed that things were so bad in March and he was so desperate to watch his beloved Arsenal that he went to a pub to watch the match and went disguised as he didn't want to be recognised:
"I covered my face and I went there. I was surrounded by Arsenal fans but they didn't know it was me.
"I sat, I took a beer and I watched the game. But I kept my hood over my head and I hardly raised it because I knew that the Arsenal fans would recognise me.
"I would have felt embarrassed. I had never been in a pub to watch a game. It used to be in my house. Or maybe in a friend's house.
"It was the life I had before compared to now. Normally the fans see me on the pitch. If I'd already said that I'd retired then yes, okay. I wouldn't mind if they saw me in the pub."
Eboue was a cult hero at Arsenal. Image: PA Images.
Of course there's nothing wrong with watching football in the pub and for many of us it's the absolute norm but its' a sad statement that the full back felt he needed to disguise himself.
There is better news for Eboue this week. After telling his story in the British press this week and talking about suicidal thoughts because he was moneyless and unable to see his kids he now has a job offer.
Galatasaray have reportedly offered him a job as under 14s coach as well as accommodation.