Redknapp rejects drink reports
QPR manager Harry Redknapp has rejected allegations that several
of his players indulged in late-night drinking sessions during a
training camp in Dubai last month.
Rangers took advantage of a break in their fixtures to travel to
the United Arab Emirates on February 12.
However a report in the Daily Mirror quoted three unnamed
players as saying the warm-weather training camp descended into
farce with one saying it was more like a “stag party”.
Redknapp, whose side are seven points adrift at the bottom of
the Premier League, confirmed he had stayed in a different hotel to
the squad but was incredulous about the allegations.
“If it happened they must have done something I didn’t see. I
don’t believe what you’re saying. I can’t see it,” Redknapp told
One unnamed player told the Daily Mirror: “Dubai was a week when
we had the chance to sort out the problems. Everybody wanted to do
that. But we ended up going there for a holiday. It would have been
better if we’d stayed here in London.
“In the evening some players were out, until 3am, 4am, 5am – and
then went to training at 8am. It was like a stag party.”
Another unnamed player was quoted as saying: “Some of the bar
bills were enormous, huge, in the tens of thousands of pounds for
one night. Two or three players couldn’t train the next day. It was
“We have to take the blame for what we did. We know that. But
some of us think that if the manager had been in the same hotel he
could have controlled what was going on.
“What sort of club allows a team with 17 points and only two
wins all season go and do this? It’s impossible to survive like
that and so this club isn’t going to survive.”