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Pochettino proud of Spurs performance in Belgrade

Head coach Mauricio Pochettino believes the way Tottenham's players responded to the hostile atmosphere of Partizan Belgrade shows they can rise to the occasion under any circumstances.

I have to say I have played in a number of atmospheres that were as intimidating or even more so than the one we faced in Belgrade," he said ahead of Sunday's match against West Brom.

But most of my players had not and they coped with it very well. It is difficult to play in this type of environment, but we did well so that is one of the positive things to come out of the game.

If we want to get the club to where we want to be we will have to face many different and difficult situations like we did at Partizan.

We are ambitious and of course we are disappointed we did not win the game - that is what we set out to do.

– Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino

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Assou-Ekotto banned and fined

Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Benoit Assou-Ekotto is a little poorer. Credit: PA

Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been banned for three games and hit with a Football Association fine after sending Nicolas Anelka a message on Twitter following his controversial 'quenelle' gesture last season.

Anelka, playing for West Brom at the time, made the gesture having scored against West Ham on December 28 - with the Baggies sacking the striker following their own internal investigation. The gesture was deemed by the FA to have an anti-Semitic element to it.

Assou-Ekotto was charged after sending a tweet to Anelka congratulating him on the gesture and, despite the 30-year-old's denial of wrongdoing, he will now serve a ban and pay a £50,000 fine.

Forest and Capital One to pay tribute to Brian Clough by handing out jumpers to fans

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Green round neck jumpers will be handed out to Forest fans. Credit: Capital One

Brian Clough will be honoured in Nottingham Forest’s Capital One Cup tie against Spurs on Wednesday, September 24 when 1,000 fans will be given replicas of his famous fashion accessory - a green round neck jumper - to wear at the fixture.

Capital One, the Nottingham-based credit card company and League Cup sponsor, will be handing out the iconic jumpers to all fans travelling on the official supporters’ coaches to White Hart Lane.

A limited number will also be given to Forest fans at the stadium on a first-come-first-served basis.

Clough, one of football’s most loved characters, passed away on September 20, 2004.

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