The coronavirus is having a profound and long-lasting effect on businesses across Britain, as well as the footballing calendar.
The Premier League has been suspended until April 4 at the very earliest, with Tottenham’s recent games against Man United and West Ham among many to be postponed.
We are currently experiencing uncertain times and many small businesses are fighting to stay afloat or even being forced to shut their doors.
So, there may have been a few eyebrows raised when Tottenham seemingly took the decision to post their financial statistics for last year, pointing out their profits.
However, Daniel Levy, the club chairman, has come out and informed fans that the club are ‘painfully aware’ or how ‘wholly inappropriate’ this seems in the current climate.
He was keen to point out that it was a legal requirement for the club to post such statistics before March 31, which is why they have taken the decision to do so this week.
Levy said in a statement (Tottenham): “We are painfully aware that it seems wholly inappropriate to be giving any attention to the prior year’s financial results at a time when so many individuals and businesses face worrying and difficult times. We are however legally required to announce these by 31 March 2020.
“We are all facing uncertain times both at work and in our personal lives. I have spent nearly 20 years growing this Club and there have been many hurdles along the way – none of this magnitude – the COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious of them all.
“You will have noticed that we have, as a necessity, ceased all fan-facing operations. With such uncertainty we shall all need to work together to ensure the impact of this crisis does not undermine the future stability of the Club. This will include working with the wider football industry and its stakeholders to seek to restore the season – but only when it is safe and practical to do so.
“Our priority is the health and wellbeing of our staff, players, partners, supporters and their families.
“We shall look to come out of this stronger and more resilient than ever. Our hope is that the virus peaks over the coming weeks and that we have a summer to enjoy.
“Please look after yourselves and stay safe and healthy. This is more important than football.”
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