Tottenham Hotspur continue to feel the aftermath of the collapse of the European Super League this week, and fresh claims will deal another blow to ownership group ENIC and Daniel Levy.
It was announced on Tuesday night that Spurs had pulled out of the ESL as the Premier League’s traditional top six dropped like flies following heavy backlash from fans, players, coaches and the media alike.
In a statement released by the club, Levy claimed they “regret the anxiety and upset caused by the ESL proposal” before thanking supporters for their “considered opinion.”
But now a fresh claim has emerged that contradicts that entirely, leaving the north London outfit exposed to further criticism.
Originally, Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness) reported that UEFA had offered the English sides financial compensation to leave the controversial ESL project, and now El Chiringuito journalist Jose Alvarez has stoked the fire more.
“The English clubs didn’t leave the Super League because of the fans, they did it for money,” he told the show’s Twitch channel.
This could well open up a fresh can of worms in N17.
Despite the club pulling out of the league earlier this week, the Hotspur faithful turned up to the stadium before their game with Southampton on Wednesday evening to protest against ENIC and Levy.
“Shame on you Levy,” “Time to say goodbye,” and “ENIC out” were just some of the banners held up by Spurs’ seething fans, who have clearly had enough of how their club is being run.
Numbers are building up outside the Spurs ground as protests continue over ENIC: pic.twitter.com/O1zYfYyshj
— The Spurs Web ⚪️ (@thespursweb) April 21, 2021
Alvarez’s latest claim will do Joe Lewis and Levy no favours whatsoever.
Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville led the British media’s revolt in a passionate rant before news filtered through of Spurs’ withdrawal, as he called the teams involved a “disgrace” and beckoned for severe sanctions.
“Deduct them all points tomorrow,” he said. “Put them at the bottom of the league and take the money off them. Seriously, we have got to stamp on this. It’s criminal. It’s a criminal act against football fans in this country, make no mistake about it.”
According to RMC journalist Mohamed Bouhafsi, the 12 rebel clubs will indeed face repercussions from UEFA.
He revealed on Wednesday: “UEFA says the 12 founding ESL clubs WILL face consequences, the first will be ‘they will live with shame’ with proper sanctions to come, the Vice President confirms. Several big clubs are asking the UEFA for sanctions for the 12.”
They’ll face shame, indeed, but if it turns out to be true that Levy and co pulled out due to the prospect of additional finances rather than for the backlash from supporters, then it’ll only be another hammer blow to the club’s already sinking reputation.
The scenes witnessed ahead of the game this week aren’t likely to be the first signs of mutiny, either. Especially if their hunt for their first trophy since 2008 continues to rumble on after Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.
Spurs fans have had enough, and quite rightly too.
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