We have seen the usual array of football players in fancy dress, signifying that it’s Christmas party season for the Premier League clubs, although the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Luka Modric will have to put their Batman outfits back in the wardrobe.
That is because Harry Redknapp has banned his Tottenham players from having a shindig this season, claiming that the hectic fixture schedule means there is no time for the side to be letting their hair down if they want to have a successful season.
A trip to Dublin two seasons ago without Redknapp being informed clearly irked the Spurs boss and he has laid down the law this time around, claiming it’s the least that the players can do when it comes to making a small sacrifice.
“No more Christmas parties. We are too busy playing football, we have too many games and they have to concentrate on playing and getting on with their football,” Redknapp said.
“If they can’t behave themselves, if they can’t miss having a drink with the money they are earning there is something wrong with them. They are getting fortunes. They have great careers, great lives. They can get on with their football and then go away for six weeks in the summer. Don’t cause problems at Christmas.
“We have a busy period over Christmas, we are training every day. We will train Christmas Day and Boxing Day. We play the day after Boxing Day.
“I don’t want them going out having Christmas parties. What chance have you got? The press will be waiting, someone will be taking pictures of them. Somebody can just have their eyes closed and it looks like they are boozed. You don’t need it.
“When footballers are injured, alcohol is the worst thing when you are looking to recover. You have players here who have injuries, you don’t want them going out having a drink, it is no good to them. They can go and have a six-week holiday in the summer and do what they want.”