“Neil Ashton has sacrificed everything to work for The Sun. Morals. Dignity. Self-respect,” writes Alexis Sanchez

Alexis Sanchez has launched a stunning broadside at The Sun’s football writer Neil Ashton today, accusing the former Daily Mail journalist of sacrificing everything – including his morals and principles – in choosing to work for the newspaper.

The article, believed to be the Chilean’s first ever foray into writing, criticises Ashton’s career choices and in particular his decision to continue writing for outlets so often associated with phone hacking, racism and story fabrication.

“Does Ashton actually expect us to take him seriously as a journalist when he has chosen to disregard his moral fibre and work for the Mail and now The Sun? He is turning his back on the decent people of the United Kingdom and breaking the old gentleman’s agreement that you don’t work for a bunch of cunts who are attempting to bring this country back to the Stone Age,” said the Arsenal forward in a blog post published on his website this morning.

“At one point he surely wanted to be a journalist, to be respected by his peers and to write informed articles that required research and knowledge. He had the opportunity to do that. I know he associates with phone hackers and the ilk, but that doesn’t mean he was without hope. But no, he has chosen to give up on the tenets of journalistic integrity and instead decided it was easier to take the Murdoch big bucks.

“What a piece of work he is. Time and again he has the choice to devote his career to something truly valuable to the national discourse. And time and again he has chosen the easy option. Everyone is free to do what they want, but to see someone with talent choose money and jingoism over everything else, it’s just a shame for fans of actual journalism.

“Is it maybe laziness in Ashton? Perhaps he doesn’t want to be forced to track back and actually edit the pieces he writes, and would prefer the freedom from responsibility to write the first half-thought that pops into his head. That’s fine, Mr. Ashton, just don’t ask the British public for a character reference.”