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Ex-Arsenal striker Mariner: Professional athletes must behave better

Toronto FC head coach Paul Mariner believes professional athletes must know how to act in public.

The former Arsenal, Ipswich Town, Portsmouth Plymouth Argyle and England striker has commented on three of his Toronto players who were arrested in the early hours of Monday morning for public intoxication.

Miguel Aceval, Luis Silva and Nick Soolsma were all dropped from the Toronto team for Wednesday night's clash with Houston Dynamo after being involved in altercation outside a Houston nightclub and it appears that Mariner is extremely disappointed with the behaviour of the trio.

"I think it doesn't matter whether it's basketball, ice hockey or whatever sport," said Mariner.

"I've been a professional athlete myself and you're held to a higher level of order because you're in the spotlight and you're living in a privileged position of being a so-called elite athlete.

"But sometimes people make poor choices and we've got to get to the bottom of it. I don't want to jump to any conclusion myself but obviously there was something going on because the police were involved.

"I just told the players about the following day [of training]. I just thought that they would respond to that. And most of them did.

"But it looks like we had - well, I'm not going to use the words that just came into my mind, but some people chose not to be on their best behaviour, let's put it that way."

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Andrew Slevison
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