This is the shocking scene that shows West Bromwich Albion’s Gabriel Tamas smashing his way into a Bucharest apartment block before being taken away by police.
Video footage from a security camera has emerged from Romania showing Tamas – apparently drunk – breaking down a door to get into the block in an incident that later saw him led away in handcuffs.
The 29-year-old was today dropped from the Romania squad ahead of its match with Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday, and Albion officials were attempting to contact him as they investigated his latest brush with authority.
He spent much of yesterday in police custody in the Romanian capital after residents and staff at the block, in Bucharest’s Hunyadi Avenue, reported him attempting to force his way inside.
Police reported finding Tamas asleep, face down, on the first floor and claimed they had to handcuff him when he became ‘nervous’ and said he did not know how he ended up inside the building.
The two-minute CCTV video, leaked to the Romanian media, begins with Tamas standing outside looking agitated.
He is then seen banging on the doors, speaking to a maid through the glass and hitting the doors with his foot.
He partially removes his white T-shirt and becomes more aggressive, kicking at a door panel with his foot with his back to the camera while the maid looks on.
He pauses briefly and slumps against the door before kicking out again, causing small pieces of the plastic panel to fly into the lobby of the building.
Having damaged one panel, the footage then shows Tamas kicking completely through another before entering the building. Another camera then shows him climbing the stairs and ducking before the clip, which shows the time at just before 8am yesterday, ends.
A police source, quoted in the Romanian media, said: “Footballer Gabriel Tamas was in an advanced state of intoxication.”
Albion refused to comment until club officials had made contact with the Romanian international. Tamas, who is no stranger to controversy in his homeland, was in Bucharest ahead of his country’s friendly against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday. He was dropped by national team coach Victor Piturca, but Piturca insisted he would not punish Tamas further.
“I have replaced Tamas, but no further punishment will be taken against him,” said Piturca.
“He’s an admirable, loyal lad. I am sure all this will go unnoticed in England, but there will be a lot of talk over it in Romania.” The latest stories come two years after Tamas was banned from the national team following reports of a late-night drinking session. The former Celta Vigo and Dinamo Bucharest centre-back allegedly broke a team curfew with former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu ahead of the team’s 1-0 victory over San Marino in August 2011. Piturca said at the time: “The two players have been expelled for life from the national team.
“It’s a pity but rules are strict and they should have known it.”
However, Tamas was later invited back into the international set-up.
The 29-year-old joined the Baggies from French club Auxerre in 2010 and has made 77 appearances for the club. He has lost his regular first-team spot in the last two seasons but still has a year remaining on his Baggies contract and spoke in January about a desire to extend his stay.