Tottenham overcame Tranmere Rovers 7-0 at Prenton Park last night courtesy of a hat-trick form Fernando Llorente, a brace from Serge Aurier and a goal each for Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane.
Spurs took a healthy traveling contingent for the game and the team certainly put on a show for the fans who had made the journey. However, it looks as if some Spurs fans at the game decided to protest the poor scheduling from the FA and BT Sport.
The game was played on a Friday evening with limited public transport available for fans to go to Tranmere and make the trip back to London.
Some Tottenham fans thus felt that the fixture scheduling, particularly around the festive period, has been done with no consideration of the fans difficulty. Fans thus asked the FA and the TV companies to ‘stop exploiting their loyalty’ and carried banners that called BT Sport, ‘FA Cup killers’.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust tweeted out pictures of the posters from their official handle:
Third working day of the year, 3 after Cardiff, 400 mile round trip, no public transport home. Unacceptable scheduling by @BTSport and @FA. This isn’t the magic of the Cup. STOP EXPLOITING OUR LOYALTY. #DontMugOffTheFans pic.twitter.com/cIjKcqwtN2
— THST (@THSTOfficial) January 4, 2019
In a following tweet, they also confirmed that the provocative banners were confiscated by stewards and police at the stadium.
In an era where the Premier League gets most of its income from commercial and TV deals, it does appear as if the match going fan has almost become an afterthought.
Whatever one might think of the issue, the fans certainly had a right to protest and make their voices heard.
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