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Lewis Holtby loses his cool in fiery confrontation with Hamburg fan

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Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby is on loan at German club Hamburger SV this season and... things aren't going so well. Hamburg is in real danger of relegation for the second consecutive year and Holtby isn't having the best of seasons either.  Apparently the strain of a relegation fight is taking its toll: Holtby was recently caught on a cellphone video, posted to YouTube, in a heated confrontation with a fan after HSV's 2-0 loss to Wolfsburg:

Apparently Holtby was getting quite a bit of stick from the fans for his commitment to the club, and this particular fan was questioning his effort after the 2-0 loss. For those of us who are used to the affable, smiling Lewis Holtby from his years at Tottenham, this is a stark contrast, but it proves that all footballers have their limits as to how much abuse they can handle.

HSV is dead last in the Bundesliga at present and is four points away from safety with six matches to play. Remember too that Hamburg was the club to which Tottenham sold Rafael Van Der Vaart a few years ago, and even Rafa barely kept them up. They're not a very well-run football club, so it's no wonder both fans and players are frustrated.

Although in this video Holtby (vociferously) voices his commitment to HSV, should they be relegated it's possible that the club might not exercise its option to purchase him outright and Holtby could return to Tottenham at the end of the Bundesliga season.