Szczesny - The truth about the smoking incident

Wojciech Szczesny
Wojciech Szczesny

Many fans will have heard the story about Wojciech Szczesny smoking in the dressing rooms at Southampton - but what does our former goalkeeper have to say about it?

The incident, which came following a 2-0 defeat on New Year's Day in 2015, gained a lot of media attention and now we can reveal what really happened.

"Back at that time I was smoking regularly and the boss knew it very well," Szczesny told our In Lockdown podcast. "He just didn't want anybody smoking in the dressing rooms and I knew that also. 

"Because of the emotion of the game, I had a cigarette after the game when the team was still in. I went in the corner of the showers, so it was at the other end of the dressing room and nobody could see me, and I lit one up. 

"Somebody saw me, it wasn't even the boss himself, and just reported it back to the boss. I saw him a couple of days later, he asked me if that was true and I said, 'Yes'. He fined me and that was the end of it. 

"He then said, 'Look, you're going to be out of the team for a little bit' but there was no big bust-ups or big confrontations. I was very professional about it. 

"I was fully expecting to be back in the team a few weeks later but we had a good run of form and David Ospina, who came in goal, played really well for those few games. He stayed in. 

"That meant I was waiting and trying to win my place back in the team, or trying to convince him that I was still the best goalkeeper at the club by going out on loan. That sounds strange but sometimes it's the best way of doing it."

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