Kieran Maguire: Tottenham fans may 'not turn up' as light shed on £94.5m problem
Tottenham will be “concerned” about the government potentially introducing vaccine passport checks for 100 per cent of fans, according to Kieran Maguire.
The football finance expert, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, is adamant such measures would lead to “financial consequence” for clubs as “it would lead to empty seats”.
As reported by the Daily Mail (11 December), people must show proof of vaccination or a negative test to enter venues with a capacity of 10,000 or more from next week.
However, spot checks will be used initially, instead of checking every fan’s vaccine passport.
The measures are being introduced to try and help stem the rate at which the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is spreading through the UK.
When asked by Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs if the checks could have a financial impact, Maguire said: “All clubs are concerned about it.
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“It just depends how draconian the rules introduced by the government are. It looks as if the checking will be on a spot basis and if that is the case it will not be too much of an issue.
“If it is to be 100 per cent of fans, first of all some of the fans will not turn up on principle. Some others will be put off by the fact that they have to get there an extra hour early because of ridiculous queues.
“I think there will be financial consequence because it would lead to empty seats. Empty seats don’t buy the merchandise, drinks and pies.”
Tottenham have one of the highest matchday incomes of any club in the Premier League.
In the club’s 2018-19 accounts, Spurs boasted matchday revenue of £94.5million.