It’s fair to say that yesterday’s five goal drubbing at the hands of Celtic was a tough result to take - especially five days before our opening game of the new campaign. Fans were out across the area drowning their sorrows... and so too were a few Sunderland players.
In the video below, Black Cats midfielder Darron Gibson tells several fans exactly how he feels about his teammates and the situation in which the club currently finds itself.
@TheSunFootball @MirrorFootball @ALS_Fanzine @sportbible @SunderlandAFC Darron Gibson off his head slagging of the team. (There's more) pic.twitter.com/67vmU0NwzV— Cameron McGough (@cameronjmcgough) July 30, 2017
Fans online noted that Aiden McGeady was also in attendance at the apparent session earlier in the day, and had apologised for the team's poor performance; Gibson however wasn’t content with a couple of pints and seemingly stayed out for more.
In the video, a visibly intoxicated Darron Gibson slurs that he is disappointed with how poorly the club has done, and wants the situation to improve, telling a group of fans that:
There’s too many people at the club that don’t give a fuck.
The fans in attendance then note that his current inebriated state isn’t exactly a great representation of his professionalism and dedication to improving the club’s fortunes. The fans question Gibson and his teammates’ dedication and the Sunderland player asks:
You tell me who’s not committed to the club?
Those in the discussion single out Lamine Kone, Jeremain Lens and Wahbi Khazri for criticism, and Gibson responds to those being highlighted, saying:
Right there’s one... next one?
The fans again question Gibson’s drunken state before the Irish midfielder answers his detractors saying:
Right, I might be off my face in here but, I still want to play for Sunderland. The rest of them fuc*ing don’t though!
Comments online have suggested that Gibson then proceeded to become more animated and aggressive as fans continued to prod the midfielder for information whilst questioning his current condition.
Biggest dickhead av met mate, had nee respect for anyone there's another 2 mins in the video where he offers to fight a fan— Cameron McGough (@cameronjmcgough) July 30, 2017
Questions will be asked now that Gibson has seemingly thrown several of his teammates under the bus - whether rightly or wrongly. Fans will also be divided on whether it was right of fellow fans to record the conversation, and whether Gibson’s responses were fair or not.
Ultimately though, with the season less than a week away, Sunderland supporters this afternoon will be demanding that the issues raised in the video are addressed.
Let us know your thoughts.