Third time lucky for teetotal Tottenham
Today’s Daily Star suggests that Harry Redknapp is considering banning Tottenham players from drinking alcohol following David Bentley’s arrest for drink driving. As far as OTP can tell, that is the third such ban that Tottenham’s squad has been handed.
Following Ledley King’s arrest in May, Redknapp vowed to bring in a ban for the new season. Giving an unfortunate sports car-themed example, he said: “I’ll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here. Footballers should not drink. You shouldn’t put diesel in a Ferrari. I know it’s hard but they are earning big money, they are role models to kids. They should dedicate their lives to playing.”
And that’s not all. When Redknapp took over at two-point Tottenham last season, the squad were still officially under a booze ban implemented by Juande Ramos.
In January 2008, Ramos’ assistant Gus Poyet said: “Yes, there is a block on alcohol. We need to convince the players they need to be very, very careful. Without alcohol, you perform much better. If you are winning, they will be saying, ‘These guys are right’.”
So did Bentley’s arrest fly in the face of an existing ban, or did ‘Arry completely forget to remind his squad not to drink during all the pre-season excitement?