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Former Spurs star Stephane Dalmat ‘quit game 40 minutes early to leave stadium and beat traffic’

EX-TOTTENHAM ace Bobby Zamora revealed how his old team-mate Stephane Dalmat quit DURING a game to catch a flight back to France.

Dalmat, now 43, spent the 2003/04 season on loan at Spurs from Inter Milan, playing 22 games.

Dalmat's talent was undeniable, but his attitude was questionable

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Dalmat’s talent was undeniable, but his attitude was questionablePhoto credit: Alan MacGregor Ewing – The Sun Glasgow

The midfielder scored three goals during his time in north London but it seems he is best remembered for his moment of madness during a league game.

Zamora told Jimmy Bullard’s Off the Hook podcast: “We played a game at Spurs. In the first five minutes of the second half he simply walked off the field.

“The ball wasn’t out of play or anything and it just starts to go off the field. I think I was on the bench thinking he pulled his hamstring or something.

“He goes through the tunnel. Don’t tell anyone. We played the game and then came in and he had shot.

“So we’re like, ‘Where is he, where is he? I do not know. Not sure’. He should be coming to warm up – but he’s not coming for two days.

“In the end I find out he has to catch a plane and he can’t get to the airport after the game because of traffic and all that, so he left the field, walked through the tunnel, let’s go I’ll get my plane.

“He went back home to France. He was just one of those players who just didn’t care.”

Dalmat also played for Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille but Zamora adds that he was one of the most talented players he had played with.

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He added: “He was an absolute player. He was strong, fast, powerful, you couldn’t take the ball from him.

“He had that kind of French arrogance.

“He played for some crazy big clubs but nobody could manage him. He was just a complete idiot.”

The Spurs team at the time was managed by David Pleat, who took over mid-season after Glenn Hoddle was sacked.

Other players in the team’s roster at the time included Jermain Defoe, Jamie Redknapp, Robbie Keane, Darren Anderton and captain Ledley King.

The revelation about Dalmat’s antics came after fellow footballer Jamie O’Hara revealed the Frenchman punched him in the face in the dressing room after an argument during a reserve team game for the north London club that same season.

Speaking on TalkSport radio, O’Hara said: “Dalmat had come down to the reserves and I think he had the hump because obviously he was told he had to play with the reserves.

“I was a little kid who wanted to impress. We were playing and he was just strolling around, you know he didn’t want to be there.

“He was the typical first-team player who came on reserve, didn’t want to know and I think I’ll give it to him at half-time.

“I think I said, ‘Listen buddy, if you don’t want to be here then just don’t be here, just go, get on your bike.

“And he got up and walked across the room and I think he’s going to say, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know you’re right.’

“But he just punched me in the face. Just a slap, not a punch. It was a slap in the face and I just took it like that. I was shocked more than anything.

“Of course I got up thinking I was having a row with him but everyone jumped in, you know that one where you go put me on him let me on him. I couldn’t believe it, just a slap in the face.”

Stéphane Dalmat only spent one season on loan at Tottenham

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Stéphane Dalmat only spent one season on loan at TottenhamCredit: PA:Press Association
Bobby Zamora revealed Dalmat was a huge talent at Spurs

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Bobby Zamora revealed Dalmat was a huge talent at SpursCredit: PA:Press Association

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