Tottenham make classy gesture to Marine players after FA Cup win
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Tottenham made sure they were able to mark a special day for Marine with a touching gesture despite current coronavirus regulations.
Spurs travelled to the non-league club – which competes in English football's eighth tier – in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
The visitors cruised to a resounding 5-0 victory thanks to Carlos Vinicius's hat-trick and Lucas Moura's strike in the first half, and a record-breaking goal by youngster Alfie Devine.
The fixture was played behind closed doors due to Covid-19 rules – though Marine's virtual ticket sale raised a huge sum – and the Football Association has banned shirt-swapping at the final whistle.
Spurs made a touching gesture after the full-time whistle blew
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But Spurs ensured they could complete the post-match formalities in a safe manner by providing Marine's players with a full set of match shirts to mark the occasion.
The club made the announcement on its Twitter page, writing: "The players are unable to swap shirts after the game due to COVID protocols, so we've provided Marine with a whole set of fresh match shirts as a souvenir of today's historic match."
Jose Mourinho fielded many first-team regulars in his squad for the cup tie and Marine boss Neil Young was delighted with his side's performance.
Marine enjoyed a historic evening against Jose Mourinho's side
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“I’m very proud of the players. It was always gonna be tough – you only have to look at the Spurs side," he said after the match.
Young added: "You have to give great credit to Jose Mourinho for the side he picked. He showed us great respect.
"At the end we were laughing about [which superstar] would be coming off the bench next."
Marine compete two divisions below the National League South and Sunday evening's fixture was no doubt one of the biggest occasions in the club's 127-year history.
"I’m very proud of the cup run," said Young. We’ve had an eventful week, with lot of press and attention.
"The football community, and in particular the Tottenham Hotspur supporters, have been incredible.
"To sell over 20,000 [virtual] tickets in what is a very tough time for our football club, is really nice.”
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