Sky Sports reporter and big West Ham United fan Bianca Westwood has taunted bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
Today, May 7th, marks 14 years since the infamous incident when Tottenham visited West Ham on the final day of the season looking to clinch the final Champions League spot.
West Ham were preparing to play in the FA Cup final when Tottenham travelled to Upton Park back in 2006.
Spurs only needed to match Arsenal’s result against Wigan in order to clinch the final Champions League spot at their rivals’ expense.
It was a tantalising possibility, but disaster struck for Tottenham from an unlikely sauce.
Lasagne-gate 14 years on
Tottenham’s pre-match meal caused an outbreak of vomiting and nausea among the players at their Canary Wharf hotel on the eve of the game.
West Ham were having an excellent season – as they proved when they more than played their part put on one of the most memorable FA Cup finals in history a week later.
A strong West Ham performance coupled with the impact of the dodgy lasagne saw Martin Jol’s Tottenham side succumb to a costly 2-1 defeat the next day.
“We had 10 players feeling sick overnight,” said Jol after the game, as reported by Sky Sports.
Hammers supporting Sky Sports reporter taunts Tottenham
“We asked to postpone the game for 24 hours but we didn’t want to risk sanctions. We took a gamble but I think you saw we weren’t strong enough.
“We’re in Europe and that’s the main target but to be fourth for most of the season and lose it on the last day is a big disappointment.
And one West Ham-supporting Sky Sports reporter won’t let Tottenham forget it in a hurry.
Bianca Westwood, a well known face from Sky’s Soccer Saturday team, took to Twitter to do some light-hearted fishing.
“Happy Lasagne Day! #COYI,” Westwood posted on Twitter alongside a GIF of cartoon cat Garfield wolfing down a lasagne.
A fond memory for West Ham fans as Spurs face missing out again
Fourteen years on Tottenham’s of being Champions League regulars looks like it could come to an end without a lasagne in sight.
Spurs were languishing in eighth place before the enforced break, some seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with nine games to play.
West Ham have their own problems to worry about, though.
The Hammers are 16th, outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone after a torrid season.
And the London rivals will have to play each other if and when the Premier League season resumes.