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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Thursday, January 14

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Hey, everyone!

Some of our old friends met up in France.

Ramble of the Day

This week, Charles Boehm profiled DC United’s new president of business operations Danita Johnson about her role and becoming the first Black person to be the president of an MLS club. The piece is a great read, and I was pretty happy to discover that he shared on Twitter an extended cut of a quote that stuck out to me from the piece:

It’s one of those quotes that stands well alone, because in this case it encapsulates quite a bit about the uneven experience a Black woman has experienced in sports. The community of support she talks about is a genuinely great thing, as is Johnson’s statement that other people’s racism “doesn’t change my ability to do my work.” To me, it just spotlights the extra barrier that she should not need to overcome but must in order to succeed in her work.

Links of the Day

Aston Villa asked the Premier League to postpone its Sunday game against Everton as the club continues to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.

Derby told its first team squad that it cannot afford to pay their outstanding wages from December.

Crystal Palace fined Eberechi Eze for breaching COVID-19 protocols by attending QPR’s FA Cup tie over the weekend.

FIFA approved Catarina Macario’s one-time switch to the US from Brazil.

Transfer updates: Atléti signed Moussa Dembélé from Lyon; Leverkusen signed Timothy Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United; Lyon signed Islam Slimani from Leicester

A longer read: Ed Aarons, Romain Molina, and Alex Cizmic on former Haiti FA president Yves Jean-Bart’s rise to power and his abuse of that power by sexually assaulting young female players for The Guardian