Nathan Jones lays down the law on discipline after Saido Berahino court appearance


Nathan Jones has reiterated his position on discipline after Saido Berahino appears in court on charges of drink-driving.

Berahino plead not guilty to the charge at Highbury Magistrates on Wednesday afternoon and was given unconditional bail until his trial on May 15th. 

But in his pre-match press conference Stoke City manager Nathan Jones said that he would not accept behaviour problems: “It’s an ongoing situation with Saido (Berehino) so it would be wrong for me to make too much of a comment. 

“But what I will reiterate is that we will not stand for breaches of discipline and those days are gone,” he said.

“What is paramount to this football club is respect, is discipline is hard work and those are the sort of people I want playing for our football club.”

The Burundi striker was arrested in Bedford Square, London at 3:00am on 18th February with 103mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost three times the legal limit of 35mg.

However, he claims that he had only driven for a short period of 15 seconds as he attempted to evade a gang of armed robbers who had stolen a number of items from him.

Berahino caused more controversy as he entered the courthouse on Wednesday as he swore at reporters and photographers.

Things went from bad to worse for Berahino as the Mercedes he had arrived in was picture being given a parking ticket for being illegally parked in a side street.

Despite the ongoing trial he was included in the latest Burundi squad for the African Cup of Nations Qualifiers against Gabon which will take place on the 23rd March in Bujumbura.


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