Levy issues statement on Tottenham riots


Daniel Levy - Tottenham Hotspur News

Daniel Levy says Spurs are “deeply saddened” by the weekend riots in Tottenham.

Rioting erupted on Saturday evening less than a mile from White Hart Lane after a peaceful protest against the fatal shooting of local man Mark Duggan turned violent.

The club’s Park Lane ticket office will be shut until Wednesday at the earliest after it was broken into and vandalised on Saturday night.

Spurs have also cancelled tours of White Hart Lane and have urged fans to buy their tickets for this Saturday’s home match against Everton, which is still scheduled to go ahead, either online or via telephone.

Levy spoke of his dismay at the rioting in a statement, which read: “As a major employer and business in the area, the club is deeply saddened by recent events. We are concerned about the disruption to local people’s lives and the effect on the community as a whole.

“The situation has also meant that vandals have unfortunately been able to use the events as an opportunity to loot and destroy property and business premises.

“This is the second time this has happened in our area in recent times (the last incident being the Broadwater Farm riots in 1985).

“Our hope is that calm and order is restored as soon as possible and that we can now look to rebuild the area and the spirit of the community.”

Levy continued his statement by saying the club will offer help as the local community try and rebuild from the damage caused.

“We have immediately offered further support to the community and are discussing how best to tangibly assist with the aftermath of these events with our local MP David Lammy and Claire Kober, Leader of Haringey Council.

“The club is committed to supporting its community with help with both the physical clean up of our area and the longer term rebuilding of the community spirit.

“It is more critical than ever that community, business and political leaders – local and national, public and private – now work closely together to support the regeneration of this area and we shall certainly look to play our part in that.”

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  1. There can be no excuse for what went on … apologists blaming the police, poverty etc are completely wrong … people selling looted goods does not tie in with the so called ‘angst’ of a deprived generation – more like just an excuse to steal – Once again the lives of many disrupted by the selfish greed of people that expect everything to be handed to them on a plate, that show a complete lack of respect for themselves and others .. From the position where the club can help, this event has highlighted the positive effect of rebuilding the stadium in the local area, however the club is just that, a football club and not a charity – assistance to rebuild and unrealistic demands on the club must be forthcoming from the politicians …

  2. i have to say i fear for the reprecussions this may have on our club at this moment in time im considering the fact that moving may not be such a bad idea. the area is absolutely terrible i would’nt want to move to east london but maybe to somewhere like the old uci complex down on the new road where they were considering the olympics.this is not ideal when we are trying to sign players is it how many successful clubs are in areas like this sad to say i want thfc in tottenham but the area is appaling and i cant help but feel the only way forward is to change our location(slightly)i love thfc with all my heart but tottenham the area and what it has become i cant stand it

  3. I'm sorry Paul, Peter, what the fuck!?

    Lets just leave Tottenham high and dry shall we? Perhaps everybody should just leave Tottenham and we should write off the whole area and all the people living in it! We can turn it into a landfill site or something. How utterly selfish to be thinking about the club foremost in this. David Lammy is right, if Spurs left Tottenham the area would face even steeper decline.

  4. The details of this case are still very unclear and unknown, however, it has been said that people came in from outside the area. Also, what you are talking about are perennially and multiply shat on people. You clearly wouldn't steal a laptop (for example), presumably because you already have one or more already, and you conceptualise it as greed driven, but in no way do you share the same life experiences, world view or outlook as these people. They get the shite end of everything which plays the significant part in determining their life outcomes. We live in a structurally unequal world and society. Blaming laziness or greed is an elitist excuse that justifies their own position. I'm sure the world in which these people occupy, you both talk about with so little compassion and empathy, is completely different to the ones' in which you do, yet you freely judge them from your no doubt relatively privileged vantage point.

  5. As for Spurs and their stadium, who knows how this will affect the Northumberland Development Project (NDP). It’s been clear for decades that the area needs investment, but it is also clear that spurs should be rather down the priority list. That said, Spurs, as a wealthy well off business, are probably quite likely to get some money now over the people who need it most. Spurs undoubtedly do important and vital work in the community of Tottenham, but you also have to recognise that lots of the people in Tottenham can’t actually afford to get to any of their games. Tottenham is in the majority populated by black and ethnic minorities, but we’ve probably got more on the pitch than we do in the stands. The NDP would be a good thing for the area, but it's not a priority.


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