According to Stephane Dalmat, a former Tottenham player, there’s nothing worse than rushing around to catch a flight.
Bobby Zamora, Dalmat’s former Spurs teammate, claims that the versatile Frenchman once pretended to be hurt during a game in order to arrive at the airport on time. Dalmat made 22 appearances for White Hart Lane while on loan during the 2003–04 season.
According to Zamora in a recent podcast, the 44-year-old’s attitude wasn’t always up to par even though he gained favor with Tottenham supporters. Zamora also talked about Dalmat’s fictitious injury, which he first disclosed on Jimmy Bullard’s Off the Hook podcast, during that same podcast.
He stated: “We played a game at Spurs” at that time. He simply left the field in the opening five minutes of the second half.
“He simply begins to leave the field of play without the ball being out of play at all. While I was on the sidelines, I believe I noticed him pulling on a hamstring. He proceeds through the tunnel. doesn’t communicate with anyone. After we finished the game, he shot when we returned.
Thus, we ask ourselves, “Where is he, where is he?” I’m not sure. Not sure. He doesn’t show up for two days when he was meant to for the warm-down.
I find out in the end that he has got a plane to catch and he can’t get to the airport after the game because of the traffic and all that so he has gone off the pitch, walked down the tunnel ‘off I go I’m going to get my plane.’ He went back to home to France. He was just one of those players that just didn’t care.”
Prior to joining Inter Milan, Dalmat played for PSG and Marseille. Following his time at Tottenham, he signed with somewhat less prestigious teams, including Racing Santander, Bordeaux, Sochaux, Rennes, and Nimes.
“He was an absolute player,” Zamora continued. He possessed strength, agility, and power; you could not remove the ball from him. It was that kind of French haughtiness in him. He performed for some insanely large clubs, but no one was able to handle him. He was simply a complete moron.