'Absolute Nightmare' - Exclusive: Tottenham stand to lose £100m+, ex-Spur reacts
Tottenham are facing a “nightmare” situation if fans cannot attend games next season, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists it would be a sucker punch for both supporters and clubs were stadiums closed off to the public.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs are set to take a hit of £100million-plus to their finances if the 2020/21 season is forced to be played behind closed doors.
Sky Sports report that top-flight sides are preparing for the possibility of completing this season and playing the whole of the next campaign without supporters at the grounds.
Hutton admits not being allowed to go to games would be a hammer blow for the supporters and suggests it would transform spending in football.
Asked about the impact having no fans at games would have at Spurs, Hutton told Football Insider: “Oh, it’d be a nightmare.
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“I’m talking as a fan first and foremost, to not go to a match or to have to watch games on the TV, it’d be an absolute nightmare but they when you look at clubs, they run off this sort of money.
“The TV money, the fans, the buying shirts, the memorabilia – all this sort of thing, that’s what they live off so to cut that out, I think if that was to happen, I think you would see a change in football.
“I think it would be the end of the days of the big transfers, spending money here and there willy-nilly. I think it would bring massive changes to football in general. I hope we can get this crisis under control as soon as possible and it can go back to some sort of normality.”
Spurs rank alongside north London rivals Arsenal, as well as Manchester United, as the biggest earners in terms of matchday revenue in the Premier League.
The club revealed back in March that they made a pre-tax profit of £87.4m (the post-tax profit was £68.6m) and a record £460.7m revenue for the year ending 30 June 2019.
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