Former Tottenham man Jamie O’Hara revealed that then-manager Harry Redknapp went “absolutely mental” after an infamous Spurs Christmas party in 2009.Robbie Keane whisked some Spurs players away to Dublin for a knees-up despite knowing Redknapp would not have permitted it.In fact, the former Portsmouth and West Ham manager called a team meeting the day after the party had happened, forbidding the team from having one. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “I was at Tottenham and we’d organised a Christmas party,” O’Hara, still in the game as player-coach at Billericay Town of the Isthmian League, told TalkSport.“Harry Redknapp hated them and he was really against them.“Robbie Keane had organised this big event in Dublin, and we all went there. Before Harry even knew what was going on we’d had the Christmas party and we were back training on the Monday.“Harry pulled us into a team meeting in the afternoon and said ‘boys I’m just letting you know I don’t want any of you organising a Christmas party this year’, not knowing we’d already had one!”Those involved were soon caught, prompting Redknapp’s rage.The players were spotted out on the town by a photographer and pictures of them partying were in the tabloid press soon after, prompting Redknapp to give O’Hara, Keane and the other men involved the “hairdryer treatment”.“On the Tuesday, the Sun ran the story of us all out in nightclubs in Dublin – literally everyone’s on the back of it.“Harry Redknapp goes absolutely mental. He gave us the hairdryer treatment and let me tell you none of us played that weekend!”After the revelations Redknapp made his anger at the players known in the press, though he acknowledged that things could have been worse.“It will be dealt with I can tell you that,” the then 62-year-old said.“I wouldn’t like to say what I’m going to do but it will be dealt with and then we will move on.“They’ve not been fighting or anything like that. You could go back over some of the other parties that other clubs have had over the years and tell a million stories.“I haven’t had any negative reports about what went on but they didn’t ask my permission so they have to take the consequences, which they will do.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Rabat – The Saad Lamjarred scandal is far from over.Saad Lamjarred has (once again) missed his court date. The Moroccan singer chose to spend Ramadan in Morocco and be represented by his lawyer.Appointed to the Court of Great Instance (TGI) in Paris on Monday, June 4, for a medical expert opinion in summary, the singer of “Ghazali,” represented by one of his lawyers, has contested the request for a medical examination from the complainant, Laura Prioul. In addition, Lamjarred is suing Prioul for defamation over her legal request. French authorities arrested Saad Lamjarred on October 26 for the alleged rape of Laura Prioul. He was released and put under surveillance on April 13.Last month, Prioul’s lawyer requested a medical expert in Paris, aiming to establish a link between the rape she reportedly suffered in October 2016 and the deterioration of her health since.“We pleaded this morning the request for medical examination of Laura Prioul to the High Court of Paris in summary, because she has a problem with her left kidney that no longer works and we want to see if it has a link with the aggression,” said her lawyer Jean-Maric Desboubes to HuffPost Maroc.Desboubes added that “the Dupond-Moretti firm was present to represent Saad Lamjarred. They objected to the request for an examination and claim 15,000 euros in damages from Laura Prioul because they find that this request is detrimental to their client.”Monday was not the first time that Lamjarred missed a court date. The first hearing was originally scheduled for April 9 and was postponed until Monday.Mediapart attributed Saad Lamjarred’s absence to “a hangover due to a big anniversary party in the night club l’Arc Paris two nights before the audience.” A video of the Moroccan singer celebrating his birthday while standing next to a bottle of vodka has also been circulating on YouTube.However, this time, the popstar’s presence in court is not required by law. Lamjarred, who is spending some family time in Morocco, will have to wait for the report of the doctors to decide whether Laura Prioul’s deteriorating health is related to the alleged rape or not. The verdict will be returned on June 18.Lamjarred is also facing arrest in the United States for another case of sexual assault in 2010, where an Albanian-American woman accused him of rape and violence.