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West Ham boss Curbishley: No need for Christmas parties

Alan Curbishley believes that clubs should seriously consider banning players' Christmas parties.

The West Ham manager's comments came after the problems at the Manchester United players' party on Monday, after which Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans was quizzed by police over an allegation of rape.

The Hammers players also held their party this week, at the Sports Cafe in London, but Curbishley has put the future of such celebrations in doubt.

He said today: "I hope we've come out unscathed.

"I don't like Christmas parties for the players and I will have to seriously think about banning it next year, after what has happened in Manchester.

"The players all seem to want it for some reason but for me, they put themselves up on offer like rock stars now and they have to understand that.

"Even as a player I was wary of Christmas parties but the days are gone when players can mix freely with the public.

"It's just a no-win situation for them and the only thing they can get out of it is adverse publicity."

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