Clinger told to remove tattoo

New Webcor signing David Clinger has caused a furore within his new team after turning up at a train

New Webcor signing David Clinger has caused a furore within his new team after turning up at a train
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Former Domina Vacanze, US Postal and Festina rider David Clinger faces the possibility of being sidelined from racing by his new Webcor team after turning up at a recent training camp with a Maori-style face tattoo. Webcor's team management are worried about Clinger's radical new look upsetting their sponsors, which as well as the eponymous building company include Powerbar and Nike. "It's certainly outside what anybody's expectations would be. People are scratching their heads. It's hard not to," Webcor team manager Frank Scioscia told the Sacramento Bee. "There have been sponsors who expressed that it doesn't quite fit with what they want to be associated with, but no one has raked us over the coals." Scioscia added that Clinger may be allowed to race while undergoing laser treatment to remove the tattoo, but also said that Clinger might not race for the team until the tattoo is completely gone. Los Angeles resident Clinger paid $150 to have the tattoo done during a recent trip to Argentina. It took two days to complete. He has already started laser treatment to remove the tattoo, but this could take months and cost up to $10,000 to remove entirely. "I knew the team might not like it, but I went ahead and did it anyway. I wouldn't think they would fire me," Clinger said. "I was having new experiences throughout the world. I read about this stuff in a book why (the Maori) did it and what they did. It's like anything else, if you want to do it, you do it no matter what." Clinger's tattoo can be seen at http://www1.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050302/NEWS/503020338/1034/NEWS02
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