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The Hoddle of Coffee: Tottenham Hotspur News and Links for Tuesday, July 6

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Vicky Jepson Announced As Tottenham Hotspur Women Assistant Coach Photo by Tottenham Hotspur FC/Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images

Hello, all!

At the top is new Tottenham assistant manager Vicky Jepson.

Ramble of the Day

Proposing marriage at a sporting event remains a relatively acceptable thing to do in public. It usually happens between two otherwise unassuming pair of people, but there was a tweak to the format at Allianz in Minnesota over the weekend. It was a player who did the public proposal, with Minnesota United’s Hassani Dotson proposing to his girlfriend Petra after the team’s 2-2 draw with the San Jose Earthquakes. Thankfully, she said yes.

As someone with some introverted preferences, I would be pretty mortified if I was in Petra’s position. I do not inherently reject the idea of public proposals, though — I’d be cool with seeing a proposal unfold at a sporting event I was attending. (I wonder if I have; I feel like it’s possible, but I have no distinct memories.) I just think you have to be pretty careful — you have to know the person you’re proposing to will be fine with it, because you’re raising the stakes on an already high-stakes situation. Petra seems like the type of person perfectly fine with it, and I’m glad the bet worked out for Dotson.

tl;dr: Minnesota United’s Hassani Dotson decided to propose to his girlfriend after a match, and she said yes.

Stay informed, read this: Kevin Draper on the fallout at ESPN after the network refused to punish reporter Rachel Nichols after she made a racist comment about colleague Maria Taylor for The New York Times

Links of the Day

A pair of resurfaced videos show France’s Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembélé racially abusing Asian staff members at a hotel.

UEFA opened an investigation into a Denmark supporter’s claim his rainbow flag was confiscated at the team’s Euro quarterfinal match in Baku.

Manchester City signed Vicky Losada from Barcelona.

A longer read: Clint Smith on how the return of supporters is the defining story of the Euros for The Atlantic