Liverpool Manager Rafa Benitez reportedly substituted his wife yesterday while she was half way through cooking an important Sunday lunch for a group of his English 'amigos'.
According to other guests at the Spaniard's palacial Cheshire Villa, Mrs Benitez had just prepared a tasty tapas starter and was just about to pop a plump Guinea Fowl into the oven when Rafa started waiving his arms at her from the tasteful neo-baroque open-plan lounge/dining room/gymnasium/swimming pool/sauna/rumpus room and ordered her out of the kitchen.
Mrs Benitez was immediately replaced by a Phillipino maid who,allegedly, had never cooked Guinea Fowl before.
As the guests watched aghast, she managed to totally cremate the bird and ruin the lunch. She was fined £5 and sent to her room with no supper.
A spokesman for Mr Benitez said later: "Rafa was concerned that his wife might tire herself out ahead of an important secret dinner party next week with the Real Madrid Chairman, so he ordered her out of the kitchen and onto a bench in the astroturf garden."
Guests leaving the mansion were reported as saying that Rafa had 'lost the plot' and that he was obviously more interested in poncey Euro-dinner parties than traditional British sunday lunches.
The great man himself was not available for comment, he is believed to be on a mini-break in Lyons.