Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes that Tottenham fans are sending a message to Daniel Levy with reduced attendances at the club’s home ground over recent weeks amidst the increased spread of Covid-19 in the UK.
The omicron variant is spreading in the UK at present and Premier League clubs have not been immune to it, with several teams, including Spurs, seeing matches postponed after outbreaks.
The Premier League had a meeting last month in which it was decided that the competition would not be suspended despite the disruption to various fixtures.
The managers of the 20 different clubs had their own meeting to discuss potential challenges due to Covid but Antonio Conte was not too pleased with what was said, describing it as a waste of time.
Maguire believes the Premier League’s decision to continue through the crisis was driven by the owners of various clubs.
He told Football Insider: “It is being driven by the Premier League’s TV deal and the TV deal is being driven by owners.
“That is why we currently have a very lopsided Premier League. Some clubs have played four fewer fixtures than others.
“Historically, one of the best things about the Premier League is that teams have tended to be on an even keel.
“You might have one or two teams who have played fewer games than others, but that tended to be fairly easily rectified.
“Even the fans are voting with their feet. We have seen attendances down at Spurs, and that is in a city where the stadium is easy to access.”
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It is only natural that attendances will drop amidst this new wave as vulnerable people will not want to take risks.
However, I would certainly rather see the league being temporarily suspended over the clubs being asked to play behind closed doors.
We saw last season that not having fans in the stadium hugely diminished the quality and the intensity of the matches.
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