Spurs cult hero Sandro reveals ‘crazy’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto ‘repeatedly punched' Rafa Van der Vaart 😳
🗣️ "Benoit [Assou-Ekotto] is a crazy guy, he really is. We liked him a lot. We knew he was a particular kind of guy, but we liked him because of it. He never used to know who we were playing on a weekend... he just didn't like football.
"There's a funny moment that springs to mind when I think about Assou-Ekotto. He used to like to take free-kicks for us. One time we got a free-kick in a good position and Rafael van der Vaart picked up the ball and decided to shoot. Assou took this very personally; he was very upset because, to him, that was his ball; he was going to shoot.
"In this moment, he was mad. At half-time, we get into the dressing room and he's punching Rafa! I tried to grab hold of him, he was so strong as well, so I'm grabbing holding of him and dragging him back because he's trying to attack Rafa. 'Why did you take the shot? Why did you do this? It's my ball, my friend... you don't take it! Next time, I kill you!'
"He was so angry. The next day, we turn up to training and Van der Vaart comes over to me and says 'Sandro, you saved my life... thank you very much!'" 😬