Early Doors

Why Jermain Defoe instantly forgave a team-mate he nearly fought

Early Doors

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You've just won a free-kick outside the box - who do you want to take it, Gilberto or Jermain Defoe?

This happened as New York Red Bulls took on Toronto last week - and unsurprisingly, both players would back themselves.

Defoe was felled by Lloyd Sam in a very promising position for the Canadian club he now plays for, having left Tottenham Hotspur for the fledgling league.

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Gilberto grabbed the ball first and wouldn't let his team-mate wrestle it from him. In fact, the two engaged in a rather heated physical debate over who had free-kick 'dibs'.

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Defoe, who'd already netted once in the game, was adamant that he should have first dibs and when it became clear he wasn't going to, his facial expression was the text-book definition of 'mardy'.

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Still, he got over his rage fairly quickly as Gilberto lashed a screamer into the back of the net. Indeed, it truly was a cracking free-kick! Check it out for yourself here.

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Within seconds, Defoe forgave his comrade, making nice with the man who, as it turns out, was absolutely right to pull rank on him:

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Defoe wore the embarrassed grin seen at the top of this blog for the rest of the game, which ended in a 2-2 draw when another English exile, Bradley Wright-Phillips, volleyed home an equaliser in the final of four minutes added on at the end.

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