Tim Sherwood takes offense to Jorge Jesus during Europa League loss

Thursday wasn’t a great day for Tottenham, having had their Europa League dreams essentially dashed by Benfica in a 3-1 loss.

The already-tense affair grew even more testy after Luisao scored his second goal of the contest. Benfica boss Jorge Jesus celebrated by throwing up three fingers, which appeared to be in the direction of the Tottenham technical area.

Spurs manager Tim Sherwood caught sight of it and took exception. At one point it looks as though Sherwood even squared Jesus up before thinking better of it.  The world’s tiniest fourth official then stood between the managers as they shouted at each other, and cooler heads finally prevailed.

After the match, Jesus pleaded his innocence, saying: “I was saying ’number three, Luisao. Number three.’ That’s his own problem if he felt like that.”

Sherwood was unamused and accused Jesus of lacking class. “I thought his team were very good and showed a lot of class. It’s just a shame their manager didn’t,” Sherwood said.

"Waving goodbye like that? It lacks class. Why would anyone do that? He’s got a good side, of course he has, but not for me thank you. I have no intention of speaking to him.”

We can’t wait to see what the second leg has in store next week at Lisbon.


Santi Cazorla apologizes after holding insulting Tottenham sign

The seething rivalry between Arsenal and Tottenham is one of fiercest in all of football.

Just four miles separate the stadiums of the two combatants, and such proximity breeds plenty of ill-will in the North London derby.

As an example, Arsenal’s Spanish winger Santi Cazorla (with Arsenal legend Robert Pires at his side) held up a sign expressing what Gunner fans believe of anything Spurs-related:


Image via @ZouMSS

Whoops. Not exactly a deft public-relations move. Cazorla was quick to apologize, but the damage was essentially done.

That excuse might hold as much water as a screen door, but for some reason we’ll give Cazorla and Pires the benefit of the doubt.

But we’re not sure Spurs fans and players will be so understanding.

(h/t Daily Mail)


Tottenham trio of summer signings could leave


Tottenham Hotspur spent over £100 million on signings in the summer transfer window. That summer of love looks to turn into a winter of discontent as the misfits look to engineer a move away. With so many new signings, some of the players have struggled to fit in. Wednesday’s newspapers report that Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli and Etienne Capoue head the queue to depart White Hart Lane.

For this rumor and the rest of Wednesday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Sandro snubs Italian interest

Tottenham have had a season to forget so far. Having lavished over £100 million on fresh talent after Gareth Bale’s exit, they are languishing outside the Premier League’s top four. Sandro has been one of the bright sparks in a so far disappointing campaign.

Monday’s newspapers say the Brazilian midfielder has rejected interest from Italian clubs including Roma and giants Inter Milan.

For this story and the rest of Monday’s transfer gossip, click here.


Tottenham’s Sandro waxed in effort to make The Beast cry

¡Ay carumba! Spurs TV has done it again. Last month, Sandro, aka “The Beast,” was quoted as saying, “The Beast does not cry.”

Searching for a way to make Tottenham’s Brazilian midfielder eat his words, Spurs TV took to social media to field suggestions. One fan recommended waxing the decidedly hairy man’s legs.

And thus, the video above was born. The exchange between The Beast and the Spurs TV host before the act itself is pure comedy, but if you’d prefer to skip to the nitty-gritty, go ahead and fast forward to the one-minute mark.

Sandro handles it like a champ, and even asks for more! And then, after laughing off the feeble attempt to make The Beast cry, Sandro curiously takes a whiff of the waxing strip.

Whew! Good thing it wasn’t a Brazilian wax.


Spurs to buy big again in January

A 6-0 defeat does little for the moral of any side, and so it’s expected that Premier League outfit Tottenham will dip into the January transfer market when the window opens.

Despite an outlay of well over $100m - mainly thanks to the record-breaking sale of Gareth Bale - in the summer, Spurs have struggled to set the world alight, and so have Sevilla winger Diego Perotti high on their transfer targets.

You can find out about this rumor and many more in today’s Paper Chase.


Iniesta, Dempsey wanted by Premier League heavyweights

In terms of soccer transfer stories, they don’t get much bigger than what we present you today. The latest rumors link Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta to Manchester United, whose creative midfield problems have been only too documented in the past.

As well as that though, we bring you the news of a true soccer legend nearing his own return to the Premier League. Clint Dempsey has previously turned out for Fulham and Tottenham in England, and those two sides, as well as Aston Villa and Everton, have expressed an interest in bringing the Seattle Sounders stars back on loan. Read all about the above rumors and many more with a simple click.


Lloris incident proof that BPL needs to rethink protocol on head injuries


Hugo Lloris should never have stayed in the game.

The Tottenham goalkeeper was momentarily knocked out cold after his head violently collided with Romelu Lukaku’s knee, but incredibly returned to see out the match in favor of substitute Brad Friedel.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas defended his decision to keep Lloris on the field to Sky Sports after the match:

The medical department was giving me signs that the player couldn’t carry on, because he couldn’t remember where he was. But he was quite focused and determined to continue, so when you see this kind of assertiveness it means he is able to carry on, and that is why it was my call to delay the substitution… The call always belongs to me. Brad [Friedel] was ready to come in but the person Hugo is, there were enough signs for him to continue.

That is simply the wrong answer. Concussions cannot be taken this lightly.

All efforts by Lloris to stay on the field should have been thwarted by the Spurs’ medical staff, his manager, his teammates, the referee, anyone. The fact he was allowed to play on is not only an indictment on Villas-Boas for failing to protect his player, but also proof that the Premier League needs to rethink its policy on head injuries.

Currently, the BPL’s policy is as follows:

Any Player, whether engaged in a League Match, any other match or in training, who having sustained a head injury leaves the field of play, shall not be allowed to resume playing or training (as the case may be) until he has been examined by a medical practitioner and declared fit to do so.”

Sunday’s incident proves that this policy is utterly worthless. As Villas-Boas said, the medical team did not want Lloris to continue. It was his call.

How can the Premier League allow this to happen? A new policy, and indeed a league-wide education on head injuries and its serious short- and long-term effects, needs to be put in place.

Perhaps they should take a page out of Major League Soccer’s book. Per MLS rules, any player who suffers a head injury such as Lloris’ would immediately be substituted. He would then have to be deemed symptom-free and cleared by a neuropsychologist before resuming any type of activity.

Former MLS star Taylor Twellman, who suffers from post-concussion syndrome, was one of the first to call for change via Twitter:

Twellman is right. Players will always try to play through injuries, whatever the type - it’s how they are wired. In cases of head injuries, it’s the job of the managers and the doctors to prevent them from doing so. And it’s the league’s job to make that a requirement.


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