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Redknapp planning to bring in alcohol ban

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is planning to stamp out any further off-field incidents by enforcing prohibition on his squad.

Redknapp was angered by Ledley King's arrest outside a London nightclub at the weekend and hopes to stop a repeat by outlawing alcohol among his star names.

Redknapp told The Sun: "I'll implement a strong rule next season that drinking is a no-no here. 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. They should dedicate their lives to playing.''

King has since apologised to Redknapp, describing the incident as "a night out with friends'' which "went too far''.

But the Tottenham boss added: "We wouldn't get these problems if the players weren't drinking. 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.''

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