Tottenham reveal they will follow Chelsea’s lead in appointing a panel of supporters to join their board as the club issue a belated apology over failure to consult fans over plans to join the failed Super League
- Tottenham have issued an apology to fans over its Super League involvement
- The north Londoners said they would appoint a group of fans onto its board
- Chelsea made a similar announcement over fan representation last week
- Fans across the country have vented their fury at clubs about failed tournament
Tottenham have announced they will include supporters on the club’s board after distancing themselves from the European Super League – while apologising ‘unreservedly’ to fans for failing to consult them.
Spurs were one of the ‘Big Six’ clubs in English football to reveal they were joining the highly controversial breakaway tournament, before all teams swiftly withdrew following huge outcry from supporters, pundits and broadcasters.
UEFA have since reached an agreement with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs to ensure they remain committed to its competitions and that they will be punished should they attempt to join a similar league in the future.
Tottenham have revealed a panel of supporters will be included on the club’s board
Fans have vented their fury after the club’s decision to join the now collapsed Super League
The club, headed by chief Daniel Levy, apologised ‘unreservedly’ for failing to consult fans
But the north London outfit released a statement to clarify its position – stressing it joined the Super League as a ‘framework agreement’ in the hope that it would ‘evolve through key parties’.
‘We have seen football fans around the world come together to show their strength of feeling regarding the future of the game we all feel so passionately about, with strong views expressed on the proposed establishment of a new European Super League (ESL),’ the statement began.
‘It’s important to underline that we entered the ESL with the expectation that the format, rules and structures would evolve through dialogue with key parties, namely the Premier League, FA, UEFA, FIFA and, crucially, fans. It should never have been conveyed with certainty when it was in fact a framework agreement for consultation going forward.’
It admitted its regret it did not consult fans at an earlier stage and announced it would revamp fan engagement – starting with representation on its boards to ensure of a ‘authentic, genuine’ connection to ensure supporters are privy to decisions.
Tottenham stressed it had joined the ESL with the view that the tournament would ‘evolve’
Spurs fans and its supporters trust have called for resignations of the club’s executive board
‘We should have challenged and reconsidered the annual access system,’ it added. ‘We wholeheartedly regret that we involved the Club and that the legal process itself meant we were unable to consult our fans early on – we apologise unreservedly.’
‘We have all learnt lessons from recent events and have reviewed fan engagement as a priority. As a result we shall be liaising with key stakeholders and establishing a Club Advisory Panel, comprised of elected representatives from the different constituencies of our fanbase, inclusive and reflective of our fans’ diversity.
‘The Chair of this Panel will be appointed annually as a full Non-Executive of the Club Board. We believe this provides for authentic, genuine representation and will ensure fans are at the heart of Club decision-making, something we greatly welcome.’
Tottenham follow Chelsea in announcing that supporters will be involved in board meetings
The statement went on to express its disappointment that the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) had called for the resignation of the board – ‘individuals who have lived and breathed this Club for the best part of two decades’.
Tottenham’s move to involve fans in the board follows the example of Chelsea, who said there would be supporter representation from July 1.
Sportsmail reported that the ‘Big Six’ were in discussions to make the same move in involving supporters on key decision making following furore from a large number of fan groups as the Super League fallout continues.
Manchester United fans have been particularly critical of their American owners the Glazers over their handling of the club, with the Super League debacle seemingly the final straw.
Manchester United, owned by Joel (right) and Avram (left) Glazer, are looking into ways of ‘enhancing fan engagement’ after ugly scenes at Old Trafford
United fans have been involved in protests showing their discontent towards the Glazers
Liverpool fan group Spirit of Shankly have sat down with representatives of the ownership following the bitter backlash at the attempted plot to join the European Super League
Supporters invaded Old Trafford before their game against Liverpool last month and blocked the entrance to the Lowry Hotel – where the team were staying – and forcing the match to be postponed.
Joel Glazer eventually penned a letter to fans promising to pile money into the club and apologising folr the ‘mistakes’ it had made – although the Manchester United Supporters’ Trust hit back that it wanted action rather than ’empty words’.
Meanwhile, Liverpool fan group the Spirit of Shankly said it had held ‘positive’ talks with club CEO Billy Hogan after requesting fan representation on the board.
An intermediary for the club’s owners FSG said it ‘agreed there is a need for a new structure leading to meaningful and lasting supporter engagement’.
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