Spurs stars in 'secret' Ireland jaunt amid Redknapp's Christmas party ban

18 December 2009 02:40
Tottenham Hotspur players defied manager Harry Redknapp by arranging a secret Christmas party, it has been claimed.[LNB]Redknapp last week insisted he would not allow his players to have a bash and he has also voiced his anger at stars being photographed in nightclubs.[LNB]The White Hart Lane boss sanctioned a golf trip to Ireland for his players, but squad instead visited two bars and a nightclub, it is claimed in The Sun.[LNB] Banned: Harry Redknapp told his players to forget holding a Christmas party[LNB]It is reported that 16 first-team players paid £2,000 each for the trip to striker Robbie Keane, who is alleged to have organised the party.[LNB][LNB]Captain: Robbie Keane[LNB]They arrived in Dublin on Tuesday last week, returning the followingday. Spurs then lost 1-0 at home to struggling Wolverhampton Wanderers,but Redknapp has refused to blame the result on the trip.[LNB]'Wednesday was their day off and Robbie (Keane) told me they were going to Ireland to play golf,' said Redknapp. 'I had no problem with that.[LNB]'However, it is widely known that I do not approve of Christmas partiesand I've always made it clear players should only drink in moderation.[LNB]'Whatever happened in Ireland, I do not accept it had any effect on the result against Wolves. The squad trained brilliantly on Thursday and Friday and there were other reasons why we lost that match.[LNB] Left trailing: Kevin Doyle (far left) heads to score Wolves' winner against Spurs[LNB]'On Wednesday this week, when we beat Man City 3-0, you could see the true character and talent in this team.'[LNB]Asked a week ago about the prospect of his players holding a Christmas party, Redknapp said: 'He said: 'They're nothing but aggravation. Everyone's waiting for you to trip up, or go out and be acting silly. [LNB]''If they tell me they're having a Christmas party I'll tell them they're not having one.' [LNB]Peter Crouch felt Redknapp's wrath when he was photographed partying with team-mate Jonathan Woodgate at a trendy London club in November.[LNB]The striker was called an idiot by his boss after being pictured dancing with his shirt unbuttoned and his jeans soaked either by sweator a spilled drink. [LNB]The England international then continued the antics bypoking his lanky frame through the sun-roof of a moving people carrierafter leaving the club at 2am.[LNB] Fuming Harry Redknapp ready to punish Spurs stars who held Christmas party behind his backSpurs, Villa or Man City - which team can gatecrash the top four this season?Christmas is cancelled! Harry says players' parties are too much aggroPeter Crouch: Harry said I was an idiot! Spurs star also fears Fabio's reactionTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR FC

Source: Daily_Mail