Keane and Davids escape punishment for fight

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Robbie Keane and Edgar Davids will not be punished by Tottenham Hotspur for a fight at the club's training ground.

A Spurs spokesman said that the Davids and Keane fight, which took place last Friday, was nothing to worry the club. "We see it as a sign of the players' passion and commitment. There was an incident," the spokesman said, "but it was handbags and it's all over and forgotten now."

Jermain Defoe has ruled out leaving the club in order to fulfil his World Cup ambitions. He hopes to be included in Sven Goran Eriksson's squad for next summer's finals in Germany despite being relegated to the bench for the last three games as coach Martin Jol has preferred Keane.

Keane has scored two goals in as many games and Defoe admits his demotion has been difficult to take. "I don't need to go anywhere," Defoe said. "Not playing has been hard to take because as a forward you just want to score goals but I'm sure I'll get my chance and when I do I'll be ready. I have played a lot of the games this season. I've only missed the last three. England's manager knows what I can do."

Jol also refused to rule out a move for Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt in January - "the door is still open" - as his Egyptian striker Mido is set to leave the club next month to play for his country in the African Nations Cup. Spurs' other option is the £1m Poland international Grzegorz Rasiak.

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