Rafael Van Der Vaart Splitting Up With Sylvie After Admitting To Hitting Her

02/01/2013 12:31 | Updated 23 January 2014

Rafael van der Vaart is splitting up with his wife Sylvie after he admitted to hitting her.

Van der Vaart, who spent two seasons at Tottenham Hotspur before joining SV Hamburg in the summer, is believed to have struck his wife in front of guests at a private New Year's Eve party.

He told German tabloid Bild: "It was very foolish of me. I'm an idiot. I'm very sorry. It should never have happened."

Sylvie added she had "forgiven him already" but the couple later announced they had separated.

Van der Vaart posted a picture of him, Sylvie and their son Damian embracing on Christmas Day last week on Twitter.

rafael van der vaart

The former Real Madrid attacker stated: "I am very sad that it did not work with us. We are the culprits. Sylvie alone and I have to answer for it, that our marriage does not work."

A fan favourite at Spurs, Van der Vaart however left the club in order to return to Hamburg, where his wife is a TV presenter in the city.

sylvie van der vaart

The Van der Vaarts (and friend) on New Year's Eve

Van der Vaart, currently benefitting from the Bundesliga's winter break, is due to travel to Abu Dhabi with the Hamburg squad to their mid-season training camp.

Sylvie Van der Vaart and Rafael van der Vaart end their marriage
Suggest a correction