Santa Claus is said to be furious with Stoke midfielder, Xherdan Shaqiri, for eating all of his mince pies on Christmas Eve, it has emerged.
The plump midfielder is believed to have waited up on Christmas Eve and eaten the mince pies his children had left for Santa.
Shaqiri said: “I insisted on an early night for the family and waited until the wife and kids fell asleep and then snuck down before Santa got there.”
“I try not too, but I just can’t resist! I’m already in trouble for eating everyone’s advent calendar chocolates by the 1st of December.”
Santa said: “I’m not happy. It happens every year at his house! He eats all mince pies and drinks my milk, but always leaves Rudolph’s bloody carrots!”
Shaqiri is now a doubt for Stoke’s Boxing Day clash with Liverpool with tummy ache.