Two Tottenham hotheads separated after tempers flared while butt naked in shower

Jermaine Jenas has opened up about how two former Tottenham players were at each others’ throats while butt naked in a post-match shower.

The former Spurs midfielder, speaking to W illiam Hill’s Stripped Podcast, opened up about the actions of Rafael van der Vaart led to a fight with defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the showers.

“There was a moment at Tottenham when Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Rafael van der Vaart both wanted to take a free-kick,” Jenas explained. “Rafa wanted to take the free-kick, but Benoit wasn’t having any of it and so when Benoit was ready to take it, Rafa just came up and took it on the sly!

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“We get in, everyone is getting changed and then suddenly I hear this commotion in the showers. It’s Rafa and Benoit going at it, naked! It got stopped pretty much immediately but it just shows that these things happen a lot, just not on the pitch.”

Jenas, who is now a regular on Match of the Day and also has a host of presenting gigs with the BBC, is no stranger to seeing his team-mates go at each other. At least in Spurs’ instance it did not happen on the pitch.

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Of course, we are alluding to the infamous scrap that happened in 2005, when his Newcastle teammates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer started to brawl between themselves on the pitch at St James’ Park.

“I’d never experienced anything like that,” Jenas said of the incident. “The maddest thing about the whole thing was that every single morning we’d have round tables in our canteen and you’d have breakfast and lunch together. Bobby [Robson] was very serious about the players eating together and we couldn’t leave without his say-so. On my table every day was me, Kieron [Dyer], Jonathan Woodgate, Lee Bowyer, and Bellers [Craig Bellamy]. We’d sit there and eat and chat every single day and got on really well.

“It was just a moment of madness to be honest, but our dressing room was fiery like that. At half-time, if things weren’t going well, there wasn’t like ‘let’s see what the manager has to say’, instead you’d have a player in your face telling you to sort yourself out. For Kieron it was a real shame because it’s what he’s known for. Honestly, when he was on, he was one of the best players I ever played with.”

Jenas, now 39 Nottingham Forest before moving to Newcastle for £5millio ahead of the 2002/03 season. In his inaugural season for the Magpies, he won the Young Player of the Season Award. He was just 22 years old when Newcastle accepted an offer of £7 million for him from Tottenham, where he went on to play over 200 games for.

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