Tottenham forced to make changes after breaching Advertising Standards rule

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur have been in trouble with advertising rules on more than one occasion this season, as complaints were made earlier in the year about a billboard created by the club (BBC).

The board in question showed a picture of the new Spurs stadium, stating that it was the only place to watch Champions League football in London in 2018/19.

However, despite Arsenal and Chelsea no qualifying for the elite competition, at this point in 2018, Spurs had not yet played a match in the new stadium and were not guaranteed to still be in the Champions League when it eventually opened.

Luckily, they were just given a slap on the wrist and actually ended up playing matches against Man City and Ajax at the ground anyway.

Tottenham were in trouble again recently, according to a report by The Sun, as they breached advertising rules with regards to gambling regulations.

Spurs had been announcing their team line ups using pictures on the players, beneath a strapline with the logo of partners William Hill.

This, unfortunately, broke rules as they were technically using the faces of under 25-year-olds in betting adverts.

The Advertising Standards Agency contacted the club after a tweet on March 5, the starting line up against Borussia Dortmund that featured Davinson Sanchez, Harry Winks, and Dele Alli, as well as a link to William Hill.

The club and William Hill argued that the players were not the sole focus of the post, but the ASA rejected these claims and Spurs have since changed their line up announcements.

Spurs Web Opinion:

As long as Pochettino fields a strong team tonight against Ajax, we don’t mind how the Spurs twitter account present it!


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  1. So the ASA don’t mind under 25 year old players wearing shirts with Bet365 or 888 Casino on them though? Sounds Advertising Double Standards Authority to me (See what I did there ?).


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