Spurs‘ plush new stadium has been open for all of five minutes – but the club are already banning supporters who refuse to sit down during matches.
The North London side moved into their gleaming new £1 billion home earlier this month, almost an entire year late, and have got off to the perfect start with wins against Crystal Palace and Huddersfield in the Premier League, as well as Man City in the Champions League quarter-finals first-leg.
However, it seems not everyone in the Tottenham hierarchy are over the moon after it was reported by the BBC that some fans have already been given their marching orders after insisting on standing throughout the ground’s first two matches.
An email sent by Spurs to some of the club’s supporters explained that they had decided to ban some fans for persistent standing.
“It is important that everyone is able to see the match and enjoy it,’ the email reads.
“We appreciate that fans will rise up at key moments in the match.
“Persistently standing for the whole match or for long periods, along with failing to heed requests from the stewards and fellow fans to be seated, is not acceptable behaviour, notwithstanding it’s against ground regulations.”
We understand that today’s gleaming new constructs come with all sorts of modern rules and regulations, but doesn’t this seem just a touch over the top?
Should fans of any club really be penalised and even banned from watching their team because they remained standing throughout a match?
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