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How Nigeria's 'Obagoal' paid over N67m as fine for failing to obey an instruction at Newcastle United

Former Newcastle assistant manager Iain Dowie has narrated how Nigeria’s Obafemi Martins coughed-up whopping £100,000 (over N67million) for failing to take ice-bath during his stint at Newcastle United. 

Obafemi Martins scored 28 goals for Newcastle United in his 88 appearances between 2006 and 2009

‘Obagoal’ featured for the Magpies between 2006 and 2009 where he scored 28 goals in 88 Premier League appearances. 



Dowie was appointed as an assistant to Alan Shearer towards the end of the 2008/09 season and they failed to inspire Newcastle to avoid relegation. At that time, Michael Owen and Shearer had a public fallout after the manager claimed thee striker feigned injury, but Dowie explained how Obafemi Martins was hit with a heavy fine. 


 "When we first got there, Sam Allardyce had put all the facilities like ice baths and hydraulics machines in and I asked the fitness coach to bring me the hydration testing results and who had been in the ice baths. 


“For everyone, it is compulsory. I come in the next day and everybody had done it except for Obafemi Martins. 


"He opened it and went: 'Nooooo!'. He was on serious money and it was well over a 100 grand fine for not going into the ice bath. "By the way, he did go in the ice bath from then on." 


Obafemi Martins fined for failing to take ice bath at.


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