Jamie O’Hara was as soon as left shocked by a coaching floor bust-up with certainly one of his teammates, which ended that participant’s profession at Tottenham!
Dressing room rows are ten a penny in soccer, however this one was slightly totally different as a teenage O’Hara was put in his place by Stephane Dalmat, a extra skilled professional at Spurs Lodge, who demanded extra respect from the teen.
The talkSPORT pundit defined he as soon as misplaced his rag with the playmaker in the course of the Frenchman’s spell on mortgage at Spurs from Inter within the 2003/04 season.
The midfielder made 22 league appearances for Tottenham, however persistent accidents quickly noticed him drop into the reserve staff, which is the place he encountered a ‘younger and hungry’ O’Hara.
And when the teen referred to as out Dalmat for not placing a shift in throughout a coaching recreation, the talkSPORT co-host undoubtedly didn’t see what occurred subsequent coming…
Talking to the talkSPORT Breakfast in August 2020, O’Hara recalled: “I used to be solely a child, I feel I used to be 17, I used to be within the reserve staff altering room and I used to be clearly actually hungry to do nicely.
“I had a number of want and he was clearly enjoying within the reserves and didn’t give a monkeys that he was there.
“I dug him out as a result of he was simply strolling round being lazy. I got here in after the sport and I simply mentioned, ‘Stephane, for those who don’t wish to be right here, simply don’t be right here!’
“And he simply bought up, walked over to me and I used to be considering, ‘we’re going to have a Barney right here, he’s going to say one thing…’
“…and he simply slapped me within the face!
“A full-on, open palm of his hand slap, not a punch – simply *tsh* proper throughout the grid!
“So clearly I’ve then gone to steam into him and everybody has jumped in…. however the cheek of it, to only slap me within the face.
“I used to be like, ‘WOW!’ It simply got here out of nowhere!”
And his choice to lash out backfired badly for Dalmat, who then had his mortgage terminated early and was despatched again to Inter.
In line with studies from the time of the incident, in April 2004, Dalmat was mentioned to have instructed O’Hara he ‘ought to present extra respect to a senior skilled’.
The Frenchman’s agent additionally had a phrase, saying: “Put it this fashion, with the quantity of Champions League video games Stephane has performed and the highest golf equipment he has performed for, he deserves to be handled with respect.
“I do know there was an issue the opposite night time, however he’s by no means had an issue along with his self-discipline at any of the opposite golf equipment he has performed for.
“However he shall be leaving Spurs on the finish of the season and going again to Inter.”
The issues is, that was reportedly the THIRD bust-up Dalmat had since he arrived at Spurs only a few months earlier, whereas it was additionally claimed he fell out along with his managers at each Marseille and PSG…