White Hart Lane WAG’s birthday was more important to star then playing.
Former Hamburg manager Huub Stevens has claimed Rafael van der Vaart deliberately got suspended so he could attend his wife, Sylvie’s, birthday party.
The coach made the claims in his new book and says the incident happened in April 2008.
The Dutchman was one yellow away from a ban but was apparently under strict instructions from his other half to be at her 30th birthday celebrations.
Hamburg were playing Duisburg and Stevens knew both about the suspension and the party that was being planned.
Stevens had predicted before kick-off to his assistant: “Van der Vaart is equally aware of his 5th yellow card,” he wrote in his book.
“His wife Sylvie is celebrating her 30th birthday, and he wants to be there.”
Stevens was right as Van der Vaart promptly picked up a booking meaning he would miss the following game against Hertha Berlin – which Hamburg lost 1-0.
This is not the first time players have been accused of picking up deliberate suspensions.
David Beckham claimed he got himself booked against Wales in a World Cup qualifying match, while Real Madrid were fined for getting their players deliberately suspended last season.