Mr Palacios, a message for you from the Ministry of Fun
Tottenham will face Portsmouth without midfielder Wilson Palacios this weekend because he has stayed in his native Honduras to party. We know that Latin American footballer returning late from international duty after bender is like so totally a cliché, but this story has a twist.
Palacios has reportedly been told to stay and celebrate Honduras’ World Cup qualification by the country’s ruling military junta.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has taken a circumspect approach to the situation. He said: “We’ve got no choice but to go to Portsmouth without Wilson. There’s nothing he can do either. I guess when the President tells you to do something, you can’t do much about it.”
The 25-year-old was expected to fly back in time to return to training today after Honduras won 0-1 away at bitter rivals El Salvador to secure qualification. But Palacios and his team-mates were told to attend a celebration party in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa.
Interim President Roberto Micheletti, who only came to power in June when elected President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a military coup, put pressure on the players to attend his celebrations as he aims to make sure World Cup euphoria keeps him in power.
Spotted on Mirror