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Five moments from Ben Foster’s video content that may have ‘disappointed’ Watford owner

Former Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster has charmed and entertained thousands of football fans with his podcast and behind-the-scenes insights into life as a goalkeeper.

Sadly, Watford chairman Scott Duxbury doesn’t align himself with Premier League and Championship fans who tuned in to his content every weekend.

The Hornets chief recently claimed he ‘fined’ the former Manchester United goalkeeper after he allegedly promised to ‘stop’ recording his videos but continued to do it.

This news also infuriated Watford fans who had also shown signs of frustration with its content. But after Foster’s videos and podcasts were criticized by Duxbury and the fan base, Star Daily Sport considers five moments from Foster’s podcast and videos that may have irritated the Watford board.

Players ‘dismiss’ Man City and Liverpool

Unsurprisingly, Watford were very easily knocked out in each of their matches against Manchester City and Liverpool. Considering that Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola are in charge of two of the best teams in Europe, it’s not something to be specifically ashamed of.

However, Foster may have inadvertently infuriated Watford fans, the board and most likely Xisco Munez, Claudio Ranieri and Roy Hodgson, by suggesting that many Watford stars may have sought to avoid clashes against City and Liverpool faking an injury.

Ben Foster suggested the players were trying to avoid playing against Manchester City and Liverpool

Although he was kind enough not to name or shame any of his teammates, his comments will surely have angered many within the club. “100 per cent. I can’t name names but, for a fact, I know if we had Manchester City on Saturday some players would have a problem,” Foster said on his podcast in February.

“I would joke with other players that ‘guaranteed he will have a problem this week.’ they’ll have a little problem on Wednesday or Thursday. It’s happened so many times.”

‘Horrible Everton fans’

Foster said Everton fans are
Foster said Everton fans were ‘awful’ with their own players months after winning at Goodison Park

Foster’s refreshing authenticity and honesty in her videos is a big reason why her content has resonated with so many. Unfortunately, his failure to keep certain opinions to himself saw him inadvertently give one of Watford’s biggest rivals, Everton, a crucial team chat at a pivotal moment.

In February, Foster called the Toffees supporters “horrendous” in reference to their previous encounter which saw Watford hammer the Merseysiders 5-2 at Goodison Park. “If you can get to the top of Everton from the start, Everton fans are horrible for Everton players,” Foster said. “They are horrible, they fall on them. They get into the heads of their players, that’s for sure.

“It’s huge, we always say before the game that we have to start fast, we have to master them. We said that before our game at Goodison Park [earlier this season], they scored after two minutes! We won 5-2 in the end. But, yes, we would like to say it: Everton fans are horrible.

The atmosphere at Goodison Park almost seemed to improve overnight as their boisterous home support saw Everton score 20 points in their last 17 games, 16 of them at home. Watford, meanwhile, fell in the table and finished in a meager 19th place.

Springing on Mo Salah

Foster showered Salah with praise and admitted he captained the Egyptian before their 5-0 defeat
Foster showered Salah with praise and admitted he captained the Egyptian before their 5-0 defeat

After watching Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane break through their defense for fun, the last thing Watford fans would have wanted to see was Mohamed Salah himself. ‘The Egyptian King’ scored one of the goals of the season, weaving through the Watford defense before firing into the far corner.

Sadly, Foster didn’t read the piece as he not only posted one of his vlogs about the horrific home loss, but he gushed about Salah’s performance. He captioned his video with the following sentence: “In today’s vlog we welcome Premier League legends Liverpool FC! Which team!

“Mr Mo Salah is in absolute FLAMES right now. What a player. Well done boys. It also didn’t help that Foster also revealed he captained Salah for his fantasy side, earning him 26 points The video was actually quickly deleted, but Foster claimed it was due to a technical issue with the video.

Foster’s ketchup craze

Foster's chicken was macerated in ketchup
Foster’s chicken was macerated in ketchup

Duxbury justified his frustrations with Foster’s videos and podcasts by saying he was not presenting Watford in the image he intended. “We want a culture of excellence at Watford. Those videos weren’t that,” Duxbury told the Watford Observer.

And he certainly wouldn’t have been happy with the reservoir-shaped serving of ketchup that Foster showed off in one of his videos. As part of his behind-the-scenes sections of his videos, he filmed the food Watford players would eat the day before their matches.

But after first showing promising videos of lean chicken and vegetables, Foster positioned the lens on her ketchup-laden plate. Foster claimed there was chicken under her ketchup strip, but maybe that was hard to believe.

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte and Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard are two Premier League chiefs who have banned ketchup from their respective clubs’ canteens, along with many other condiments. If the former Chelsea and Rangers managers are considering signing Foster as a backup goalkeeper, Foster might be wise to delete this blog.

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Paddy the Baddy's home celebrations didn't go well at all
Paddy the Baddy’s home celebrations didn’t go well at all

UFC star Paddy ‘the Baddy’ Pimblett is one of the most popular athletes in the country – unless you’re a Watford fan. The Liverpudlian was kicked out of the stadium after celebrating Liverpool’s goals while at home to Vicarage Road in Watford’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

To make matters worse, it turned out that Bimblett had received a pair of tickets from Foster just before the contest. According Athleticism, Foster’s business manager for his Youtube channel ‘the Cycling Goalkeeper’, Tom Ochoa, was also seen “standing shyly” beside Pimblett and his friend as they were escorted away.

After the contest, Pimblett posted a video where he named Foster, before declaring his wish for Watford to be relegated. “Ben Foster, I love you mate,” he said after being kicked out. “But I hope Watford fall, you are awful, awful.”

A source close to the club said they were ‘dealing with the incident internally’ shortly after the defeat. Nonetheless, it was another embarrassment that was as painful as one of Pimblett’s infamous punches.