Harry's hopping mad: Redknapp hammers Ledley with £160k fine after boozy night out

12 May 2009 07:36
Ledley King faces a £160,000 club fine after Harry Redknapp last night panned him over the late night drinking spree that ended in arrest for alleged assault. And the Tottenham manager has vowed to bring in a booze ban at White Hart Lane next season. King will be fined two weeks' wages by Redknapp whatever the outcome of court proceedings. The Spurs boss, who would only tolerate soft drinks in the players' bar when he was in charge of West Ham, said: 'I don't think there's any place in football for drinking, for any players. I've said on several occasions to players that you don't put diesel in a Ferrari. 'I'll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here. Footballers should not drink. 'We wouldn't get these problems if the players weren't drinking. There's still too much of a drinking culture in English football but it's not as bad as it used to be. 'At Tottenham we do a lot with kids, a lot of them underprivileged. We have to set an example. Too much drinking goes on in this country. Too many people are not happy unless they have had a drink. 'Modern-day footballers are top-class athletes and they should look after their bodies and set a good example. 'They eat the right foods, we have dieticians at clubs, fitness coaches, sports scientists, but what good is all of that if they go out and get too much alcohol in their bodies. 'I will speak to Ledley about it. He has been in great form but he has not set the right example. It is out of character for Ledley, who is a terrific person in my opinion, but it happens when players go out drinking. We have to look at that. 'He has apologised for what he has done, but the club will look at what action needs to be taken.'  

Source: Daily_Mail