“I had to run to the toilet to throw up at half-time” – Former Spur opens up about infamous ‘lasagne-gate’ incident

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Dom Le Roy

Although Michael Carrick only stayed at Spurs for two years, he produced some terrific performances during his time in North London, helping Spurs to consecutive 5th place finishes.

Carrick, who is now a first-team coach at Man Utd, has given an interview to FourFourTwo about the distinguished career he had as a player.

In the interview, the 37-year-old also opened up about the infamous ‘Lasagne-gate’ incident which occurred in the final game of the 2004-05 season.

Going into the final game, Martin Jol’s Spurs found themselves in the 4th spot and needed a win away at West Ham to secure Champions League qualification.

However, most of Tottenham’s first team fell prey to food poisoning which was claimed to be caused by the lasagne they had at the hotel they were staying in the night prior to the match.

As a result, Spurs had to field a team that didn’t have many regulars, and eventually lost the game and were thus pipped to the 4th spot by their bitter rivals Arsenal.

Carrick who was one of the first-team players who actually featured in the game has said that he felt completely drained on the pitch. He also confirmed that the incident was due to a terrible virus rather than bad Lasagne.

He said: “It was nothing to do with lasagne, it was just a terrible virus. There were a few players who got badly affected that weekend, but I was probably the worst.

“I woke up in the night, felt awful and couldn’t stop vomiting. We were really unlucky that so many of the team caught it.

“I started the match at West Ham but was a write-off. I was struggling in the run-up to the game but decided to give it a try. I can even remember having to run to the toilet to throw up when the gaffer, Martin Jol, was doing his team talk.

“I was so weak and drained, and on the pitch I had nothing to give for what was a massive game for the club, trying to reach the Champions League.”

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