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‘Nature was calling’ says Tottenham’s Dier after bathroom break

LONDON (Reuters) – An urgent trip to the bathroom for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier led to the surreal sight of the defender running off the pitch during Tuesday’s League Cup match against Chelsea — with coach Jose Mourinho chasing down the tunnel after him.

Soccer Football – Carabao Cup Fourth Round – Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain – September 29, 2020 Chelsea’s Mason Mount in action with Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier Pool via REUTERS/Matt Dunham

Spurs were trailing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go when Dier raced off the pitch and darted towards the dressing room, quickly followed by a furious Mourinho whose side were briefly down to 10 men in their fourth round home clash.

Mourinho soon returned to his dugout and Dier swiftly made it back onto the pitch, helping Tottenham find an equaliser from Erik Lamela which made it 1-1 to force a penalty shootout.

Spurs went on to win 5-4 on penalties, with Dier scoring their first spot kick.

“Jose wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling,” explained Dier.

“I heard there was a chance (for Chelsea) while I was off the pitch but thankfully they didn’t score.”

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho defended his decision to race after Dier down the tunnel but praised the England international for his performance, which came two days after he played 90 minutes in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United.

“He had to go, he had no chance,” Mourinho said of Dier’s mad dash for the bathroom.

“Maybe it is a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated which is the case, I had to put pressure on him to get back but he is a great example for everybody.”

The win gave Dier something to

Soccer-‘Nature was calling’ says Tottenham’s Dier after bathroom break

LONDON, Sept 29 (Reuters) – An urgent trip to the bathroom for Tottenham Hotspur’s Eric Dier led to the surreal sight of the defender running off the pitch during Tuesday’s League Cup match against Chelsea — with coach Jose Mourinho chasing down the tunnel after him.

Spurs were trailing 1-0 with 15 minutes to go when Dier raced off the pitch and darted towards the dressing room, quickly followed by a furious Mourinho whose side were briefly down to 10 men in their fourth round home clash.

Mourinho soon returned to his dugout and Dier swiftly made it back onto the pitch, helping Tottenham find an equaliser from Erik Lamela which made it 1-1 to force a penalty shootout.

Spurs went on to win 5-4 on penalties, with Dier scoring their first spot kick.

“Jose wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling,” explained Dier.

“I heard there was a chance (for Chelsea) while I was off the pitch but thankfully they didn’t score.”

Former Chelsea boss Mourinho defended his decision to race after Dier down the tunnel but praised the England international for his performance, which came two days after he played 90 minutes in the 1-1 Premier League draw with Newcastle United.

“He had to go, he had no chance,” Mourinho said of Dier’s mad dash for the bathroom.

“Maybe it is a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated which is the case, I had to put pressure on him to get back but he is a great example for everybody.”

The win gave Dier something to celebrate after a hectic few days in which he made headlines after the ball hit his arm against Newcastle leading to the controversial penalty equaliser that denied Spurs all three points on Sunday. (Reporting

Pelosi eyes possible U.S. House role in calling presidential election

By David Morgan



Nancy Pelosi wearing a purple shirt: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill


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U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is rallying Democrats to prepare for a once-in-a-century election scenario requiring Congress to decide the outcome of the presidential race if neither Democrat Joe Biden nor President Donald Trump wins outright.

In a campaign letter to colleagues, Pelosi told her fellow House Democrats that recent comments by Trump demonstrate that he could ask the House to decide the race if it is not clear which of the two candidates had received the minimum 270 Electoral College votes in the Nov. 3 presidential election needed to gain office.

Trump repeatedly has questioned the security of mail-in ballots, which could take a while to tabulate given the high number of voters likely to use them this year due to the pandemic.

Democrats fear that the president could attempt to have the count of those votes cut short in an attempt to have the election outcome determined by the House. 

Under the U.S. Constitution, the House would vote by state delegation to settle such a contest, with each state casting a single vote. While Democrats control the chamber by 232 seats to 198, Republicans control a majority of 26 state delegations versus 22 for Democrats. Pennsylvania’s delegation is tied, while Michigan has a 7-6 split between Democrats and Republicans and an additional seat held by a Libertarian.

The House has not determined the outcome of a presidential election since 1876.

Pelosi called on Democrats for “an all out effort” to capture additional Republican-held House seats, which they might need if a decision on the presidential election spills over into next year. She also urged Democrats to marshal resources to support the House