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Tottenham fans protest against Daniel Levy as fury over ESL proposals continue

Hundreds of fans have gathered at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to protest against the club’s chairman Daniel Levy.

There have been a number of demonstrations against the owners of the ‘big six’ ever since their failed attempt to break away to form a new European Super League.

And anger against Levy grew even more with the news that spectators would be charged £60 for their final home match of the season against Aston Villa next week.

At around midday on Saturday a large group of supporters began gathering in Tottenham, many of them letting off flares and holding banners.

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One read: ‘Profit before glory’, while another included a picture of Levy along with a caption inspired by the club’s motto which read ‘To dare is too dear – ENIC out’.

Hundreds of Tottenham fans gathered in protest against Daniel Levy
Hundreds of Tottenham fans gathered in protest against Daniel Levy

Levy and ENIC have been in charge at Spurs for 20 years, yet in that time the club have won just one trophy – the League Cup in 2008.

And they have endured another thoroughly disappointing season in which they look set to miss out on Champions League football once again.

Spurs recently released a statement apologising for the Super League shambles, and also announced they would have fan representation on the board going forward.

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Supporters were left furious with the ESL proposals
Supporters were left furious with the ESL proposals

But this does not appear to have placated a large number of supporters, who are demanding Levy sells up.

The statement from Spurs read: “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.

“We should have challenged and reconsidered the annual access system. 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.”

Banners were unravelled and flares set off
Banners were unravelled and flares set off

Interim manager Ryan Mason had called for unity amid the fractured relationship between supporters and the club ahead of Spurs’ game against Wolves on Sunday.

He said on the protests: “Firstly, I trust our security. The players’ safety is the most important thing and I trust that we’ll get that right.

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It remains to be seen if the protest will have an impact
It remains to be seen if the protest will have an impact

“Secondly I respect the fans, they’re the heart and soul of the football club and their opinion matters, it really does.

“We want our fans, our team, our football club to be aligned, all pulling in the same direction.”

After the game against Wolves Spurs are next in action versus Villa on Wednesday before taking on Leicester next Sunday as they look to finish their underwhelming campaign strongly.

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