‘I support Chelsea and owned a London flat – I refused to rent it to Spurs fan’
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A Chelsea-supporting podcaster has revealed he refused to rent out his flat to a potential tenant just because he was a Tottenham fan.
While the rivalry between Spurs and Arsenal is regarded as the biggest in London, the animosity between Tottenham and Chelsea isn’t far behind, born out by the infamous 'Battle of the Bridge' in 2016.
On that occasion, Chelsea, with nothing other than pride to play for, fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 – a result which handed the Premier League title to Leicester. The match saw 12 yellow cards and numerous bust-ups, both during and after the final whistle.
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Spurs’ manager that day was Mauricio Pochettino, who is set to take charge of Chelsea following an abject season for the Blues. It will be tough for Tottenham fans to see the hugely popular Argentine in charge of one of their greatest rivals.
There is at least post Pochettino will not take though, and that’s the Barcelona job out of loyalty to city rivals Espanyol, the team he managed before leaving Spain for Southampton.
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Pochettino’s stance on that issue reminded YouTuber Rory Jennings, of The Club podcast, of the time he refused to let a Spurs fan live in the flat he was renting out.
“Him [Pochettino] saying I’ll never manage Barcelona because 'I love Espanyol' is completely and utterly irrational but that's a principle,” he said on The Club.
“I used to rent a flat out when I lived at my mum’s. I had a flat in West Hampstead and you can get a link quite easily over to Tottenham. The fella came round and viewed it and it was going really well. I liked him, nice fella.
“And he went, ‘it’s going to be great because I’ve got a season ticket at Tottenham and I can get there now because I don’t live in London at the moment’. I was like, ‘oh my god, I ain’t renting a flat to you, mate’.”
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