Off the Pitch

Tottenham Sucks, Says New Tottenham Sponsor

“Banter club” is a common insult, but it’s 100 percent true for Tottenham Hotspur. How else do you explain the North London club’s recent acquisition of a paint sponsorship that’s already gone awry.

Spurs announced a new sponsorship deal on Thursday morning with paint company Dulux, the first official paint supplier of the Premier League club. Within hours Tottenham was forced to make fun of itself to save face after the new sponsor spent the morning making fun of Spurs on Twitter.

Slavia’s Kudela Banned For 10 Matches For Racist Behavior, Will Miss This Summer’s Euros

Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela has been banned for 10 matches for racist behavior in the Europa League last-16 match against Scottish side Rangers last month, European soccer's governing body UEFA said on Wednesday.

Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara said he was racially abused by Kudela in the game, when the Scottish club was knocked out in the second leg, which included a melee on the pitch and clashes in the tunnel afterwards.

David Beckham Refuses To Work While Doing Doughnuts Beneath The Overpass

Sometimes I think about how little that vast majority of life and its hard-knock lessons pertain to David Beckham. Yes, he once gave Diego Simeone a love tap on the knee-pit, but that 23-year-old incident hardly caused Golden Balls to shrink from being fully alive for the rest of his days.

Italy’s Daniele De Rossi, 37, Hospitalized With Covid-19

Former Italy captain and the national team's technical coach Daniele De Rossi has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 during last month's World Cup qualifiers, Sky Italy reported on Friday.

The former AS Roma midfielder, who is fourth on Italy's all-time appearance list having played 117 times for the Azzurri, tested positive along with three other staff and several players in the national camp during the international break.

Sky reported De Rossi, 37, is under observation at the Roman Institute for Infectious Diseases as a precaution.

You Heard The Promos, Now Hear CBS Basketball Announcers Show Just How Much They Care About Champions League

I spent a fair amount of time over the past month watching a sport other than soccer. The men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments returned from a year hiatus and produced thrilling competitions, with the Stanford women and Baylor men claiming the titles. Soccer fans who watched the tourneys will have noticed two things: The repeated use of FIFA songs in commercials/promos and basketball announcers pretending to know what they’re talking about while plugging the Champions League on Paramount+. 

Only In Scotland: Rogue Rival Fan Watches Match From Hillside Bushes Of Dumbarton Castle

For all the wacky, zany, unexpected occurrences that have happened over the years in Scottish football (and there have been plenty), most of them have at least had a logical explanation.

The automated match camera that confused the referee's bald head for the ball? Completely improbable — but the deductive reasoning makes sense. 

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