Here is your Spurs football.london digest on Friday, September 3.
Spurs clarify Tottenham Hotspur Stadium fire situation
Around 300 members of staff had to be evacuated from Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday after a small fire broke out.
Some reports suggested the fire lasted around one hour, but football.london understands that it was dealt with quickly.
The club clarified that the incident started in the kitchen caused by an air compressor and as a result, set the alarm off.
Tottenham confirmed that the fire itself was very small and was put out quickly with a fire extinguisher by the first person on the scene.
Read the full story here.
Harry Kane makes UEFA plea after Hungary win
England captain Harry Kane has demanded action from FIFA after international teammate Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subjected to alleged racist abuse by Hungary fans as the Three Lions thrashed their opponents 4-0 on Thursday night.
Raheem Sterling’s opening goal was greeted by a chorus of boos as items were thrown from the stands.
ITV’s Gabriel Clarke also claimed that he could hear monkey chants in the stand next to where England’s players were warming up, in what was a hostile atmosphere accompanying the match.
When quizzed about the alleged racist abuse, Kane said via The Daily Express: “I didn’t hear that. I will talk to the boys and see if they heard any of it.
“We will have to report it to UEFA [FIFA] as the rules permit. If that is the case, hopefully, they come down strong.”
England boss Gareth Southgate also appeared to call for action, adding that he didn’t think players could do anything more to get the message out, having continued to take the knee before the game.
“It’s up to other people now,” he said.
“They shouldn’t be subjected to any form or racism.”
However, he reiterated his point from before the game that England must also get their own house in order after problems at the European Championships final at Wembley with ticketless fans getting in to the stadium, while he stressed that it was not fair to point the finger at all Hungarian fans.
Jack Grealish transfer admission
New Manchester City star Jack Grealish has opened up about just how close he came to joining Tottenham earlier on in his career.
The England international made his debut in the sky blue jersey of Manchester City in their opening Premier League clash as Pep Guardiola’s men were defeated against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Back in 2018, Daniel Levy and Tottenham were strongly linked with a £25million swoop for the rising star, who seemed to be available on the market at the time for a cut-price.
Despite the end decision taken by the Villa hierarchy to retain their most prized asset at the time, Grealish has now spoken to ITV, and admitted he very nearly joined Tottenham in 2018, and then got some stick from Dean Smith about it months later.
“I’ll always remember Dean Smith when he first come into Villa, he come in about three months into the season and I’d just nearly signed for Spurs that summer, it didn’t happen and then I stayed at Villa,” said Grealish.
“He come in and he pulled me on his first day, and he says ‘so you were gonna [sic] sign for Spurs?’, I was like ‘yeah, nearly’. He was like ‘£25m?’ – I think we were like nine games in – ‘nine games in now, look’.
“On the board it said no goals, one assist. He was like ‘I need you to get your numbers up’, and that was one thing I tried to do, to get my numbers up there, and as soon as I’ve gone to City, that’s what the manager has said to me,” he added.
Source by Football London