Furious Redknapp to punish Spurs stars who held secret Christmas party

19 December 2009 12:32
Furious: Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp will 'severely' punish his Tottenham Hotspur players for holding a secret Christmas party against his wishes.

The angry boss will have a meeting with his Spurs players on Monday morning to investigate the knees up, which came four days before they suffered a humiliating home defeat by Wolves.

'It will be dealt with severely,' he said. 'It will be dealt with internally. We've got a game on Saturday at Blackburn. We'll sort the game out then I'll sort them out.'

Robbie Keane, the party's organiser, will have to explain his actions as he fights to hold on to the club captaincy and his team-mates can expect heavy fines.

Redknapp had believed that the players were going on a golf trip in Dublin 11 days ago, but Keane is believed to have organised a night out there involving 16 senior players.

The Spurs boss admitted that the episode was made more annoying by the fact that, eight days ago, he spoke out against Christmas parties in a press conference.

Redknapp was oblivious to the fact that, earlier in the week, his players had already enjoyed one.

'I didn't have a clue they'd gone out,' he said. Little over 48 hours after arriving back in the UK, his players must have been squirming when they heard Redknapp's remarks about Christmas parties.

Redknapp said: 'I hope they were. They will be on Monday.'

Scrutiny: Tottenham players, led by Robbie Keane (fourth left) huddle before their defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers

'I was shocked,' added Redknapp, discussing what he felt when he found out. 'I'm not happy. I'd be lying if I said I was happy. It'll be sorted, believe me. It'll be dealt with on Monday morning.'

When asked if this was the biggest challenge he has faced asTottenham manager, Redknapp put on a brave face and replied: 'No. Themost difficult thing I've had to deal with is turning a crap team intoa good team.'

But it will still be an awkward meeting for Redknapp on Monday. 'Idon't sympathise with the players,' he said. 'That's part of theterritory. I wouldn't go out and get drunk and start falling around orpulling some old slag tomorrow night, would I? I'm not that stupid.Because somebody will catch you out. Having said that, Tiger Woodsdidn't do too bad.'

Redknapp couldn't resist that joke, but it was the only moment of light-heartedness as he expressed his anger.

Left trailing: Kevin Doyle (far left) heads to score Wolves' winner against Spurs

Re-iterating his strong views on Christmas parties, he said: 'Yousee blokes go out drunk, acting like idiots everywhere, falling around.But if you're a footballer, you can't do it, can you?

'Because there's somebody there, like there is here, waiting to takepictures of you. Everybody is waiting to catch you out. So you can't doit. You get very well paid. You can't leave yourself open.

'Other teams let their players have Christmas parties. The Boltonplayers were in Ireland, weren't they? They all go out. ManchesterUnited had problems at a party, didn't they? But I just didn't want myplayers having them.

'They had been told not to do it. They knew my feelings on it so now I've got to deal with it, which I will do.'

Tottenham's players are believed to have met Bolton players inIreland.

Redknapp warned his team about partying earlier this seasonafter Sportsmail's pictures of Peter Crouch and Jonathan Woodgate looking worse for wear after a night out following a game at Portsmouth.

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Source: Daily_Mail