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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur news and links for Friday, May 14

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That’s defender Esther Morgan at the top of the Hoddle today.

Ramble of the Day

As El Chiringuito nicely demonstrated for us last week, the small emotional moments during a football match can make for conversation for television types. After yesterday’s 4-2 win over Manchester United, Liverpool’s Sadio Mané decided not to accept Jürgen Klopp’s high five. BeIN Sports decided to offer an English-language version of El Chiringuito:

Just like El Chiringuito’s segment on Eden Hazard, we get a little bit more analysis than we might have expected on a small post-match moment. I would argue that we’ve seen things like this all the time, and it ends up not being a long-standing issue — it was only last year Hugo Lloris and Son Heung-min had a scuffle on the pitch heading into halftime. BeIN does have a much more measured approach than El Chiringuito did, but very few people are equipped to talk about such events the way Josep Pedrerol.

If we are making this into a roundup of small-time football beefs, there is another that found a funny resolution this week. Antonio Conte and Lautaro Martinez had themselves a disagreement during Inter’s 3-1 win over Roma on Wednesday, and decided to (jokingly) sort things out with a friendly boxing match.

It’s a fun video, and Romelu Lukaku takes brilliantly to the role of the person introducing the boxers. It’s part of the reason I say. these disputes end up not being worth the time we sometimes take to discuss them, though at least in Inter’s case, the follow-up video made it a worthy talking point.

tl;dr: Your accidental round-up on small time beefs in the world of football.

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Links of the Day

The men’s Champions League final was moved to Porto from Istanbul after the UK restricted travel to Turkey because of surging COVID-19 cases.

Greater Manchester Police arrested two people for “public order offenses” at Thursday’s protest outside Old Trafford.

ESPN will broadcast La Liga matches in the United States from next season.

A longer read: Suzanne Wrack interviews Chelsea’s Sam Kerr on the meaning of individual and club success during a pandemic ahead of Sunday’s Champions League final for the Guardian