Redknapp plans Spurs alcohol ban

12 May 2009 07:17
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has vowed to introduce an alcohol ban after Ledley King was arrested for an alleged assault outside a London nightclub.Club captain King was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and questioned on suspicion of assaulting another man in Soho. "I'll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here," Redknapp told the Sun newspaper. "Footballers should dedicate their lives to playing." He added: "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." King has been bailed by police until mid-July while inquiries continue into the incident. The 28-year-old defender has since apologised for the incident describing the evening "a night out with friends which went too far". But Redknapp feels that an alcohol ban would prevent a repeat of the incident. "We wouldn't get these problems if the players weren't drinking," he said. "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."

Source: BBC_Sport