Writing on Twitter, Evening Standard journalist Dan Kilpatrick has relayed an ENIC promise to Tottenham supporters that any fines incurred by the attempted European Super League (ESL) breakaway will be the responsibility of the owners and not from club funds.
The Lowdown: Super League shame…
Tottenham controversially joined the attempted European Super League as a founding club alongside fellow Premier League sides Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Following intense backlash from supporters, Spurs became one of the clubs to swiftly announce their withdrawal from the ESL project. ENIC protests followed in what was a big week for the club, with the ESL news even somewhat overshadowing Jose Mourinho’s dismissal as Tottenham manager .
The Latest: Journalist relays ENIC promise after development
In a big development, Tottenham will be fined 5% of European revenue for one season and make a donation of €15m (£13m) towards grassroots football (Twitter).
Receiving UEFA fines totalling £7m for their involvement so far, Tottenham could also apparently face much tougher sanctions from the Premier League (The Telegraph).
In response, Kilpatrick has shared an ENIC promise to supporters, with the owners apparently pledging to pay those sanctions out of their own pockets rather than through club funding.
“Spurs say any fines incurred as a result of the Super League will be the responsibility of the owners and not come from club funds,” the journalist explained on Twitter.
“That includes UEFA’s fine of 5 percent of European revenue for one season & Spurs’ share of €15m donation by the nine SL apologists to the grassroots game.”
The Verdict: Tottenham right to shoulder responsibility
The ENIC Group shouldering financial responsibility and consequences for the attempted European Super League breakaway is certainly the right move.
Tottenham supporters were not given the opportunity to vote or have any say in the club’s involvement, with the PR disaster following the club’s ESL hiccup arguably deserved.
Amid the global pandemic, Spurs’ owners helping the club to save money could theoretically assist Tottenham’s next manager in the transfer market.
The Premier League are also apparently considering bigger fines, so ENIC’s financial promise to supporters should come as a huge relief.
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