Darren Bent admits that he is gutted after it was announced there would be no NFL games held at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this year.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insists it was only a matter of time before the matches were called off amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
The NFL confirmed in a statement that all foreign games, including the two scheduled to take place at Tottenham’s state-of-the-art ground, will now take place stateside.
With Spurs picking up revenue from merchandise, food and drink sales by hosting the games, the Sun claim the club could miss out on as much as £10million.
Bent, who himself is a big American football fan, admits that although he saw it coming, he is still bitterly disappointed by the update.
“Listen, when I read it was disappointing but at the same time it was a bit of relief that, at the end of the day, NFL and whatever sport is coming second to the whole pandemic,” Bent told Football Insider.
“For me, I was disappointed, I’m a long-time fan of the NFL, but it was the right decision. I was waiting for it, to be honest, there was no way on the planet they were going to be able to get it across the line because you’re talking about people having to travel over on flights.
“I’ve been to quite a few of these NFL games in London and a lot of people travel over from the States. English people are getting into it more and more so it just wouldn’t have been a safe environment.”
Spurs agreed a 10-year deal to host NFL games at their new home ground from 2018, with matches played in London since 2006.
There were also set to be two games held at Tottenham’s old temporary home ground of Wembley this year, although those have also been called off.
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