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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Monday, February 17

The Slap (2020)

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Hi, all!

If you’re curious: chips beat crisps on Friday by a margin of 76% to 24%.

Ramble of the Day

I was just looking through my notes, and discovered that I have a two page list of possible Hoddle topics! I saw a food related one and thought, I haven’t done one of those in a while before realizing that I dedicated an entire week to food-related topics. It’s possible I forgot because I wasn’t writing long enough to really keep a fresh memory of it — and that having the space of two days is enough for me to really keep it out of my mind.

What is currently on my mind (besides the television show I’m watching instead of writing this ramble) is this story my sister told me about before I started the ramble: Lamberto Magrini, coach of Serie D’s Grosseto, got a red card for slapping his own player. Really!

I have no idea why he did it, and this is, of course, terrible, but I couldn’t stop laughing the first, second, and maybe third time I thought about it. The concept itself is wild in a way that I find hilarious (though most certainly isn’t for the player — I have a problem), but the clip of Magrini looking shocked at his sending off is objectively hilarious. It is a slightly shocking thing — it’s not exactly commonplace for managers to get sent off for slapping their players, mostly because they don’t frequently slap their players (in front of other people or otherwise). It does make a certain amount of sense for the referee to act this way, which does add to the comedy of this situation.

tl;dr: A Serie D coach slapped one of his players and then got sent off (and also, I didn’t plan on rambling about this when I started rambling!).

Links of the Day

Porto’s Moussa Marega was racially abused by fans during a match against Vitória Guimarães.

Everton will end its sponsorship with gambling site SportPesa two years early.

FC Cincinnati manager Ron Jans was suspended by the club while they investigate allegations that Jans used a racial slur in front of players.

BBC will no longer have Craig Ramage on the radio after he used a racist stereotype during Derby’s match against Swansea over the weekend.

Today’s longer read: Melissa Reddy interviews RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, “the manager your club wants to hire,” for The Independent