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Tottenham boss Redknapp: Booze culture causing scandals

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp blames England's booze culture for the spate of footballer scandals over the last 12 months.

Redknapp has left no doubt about what he felt was responsible for the status quo.

He said: "There's one common problem - I've said it all along. It's called drink. These things don't happen unless people have a drink 99 per cent of the time.

"People have a drink; we all drink. I'm not sitting here saying I never have; of course I have. I've liked to drink all my life."

He added: "These lads now, everyone's got a camera. I'm the only person in the country who's got a phone without a camera on it!"

Redknapp insisted players are paid well enough to be expected to resist the temptations of fame.

"They shouldn't be putting themselves in that position,' he said. 'If they dedicate themselves for 10 years, they come out of it with so much money, they never have to work again. They can live a fantastic life. They've got to be super-fit now."

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