Revealed: Tottenham in court today as agreement broken
Tottenham are in court today as part of their bid to gain a license to host an extra concert this year, Football Insider has learned.
Under the terms of their current agreement with Haringey Council, Spurs are permitted to host six music events per year at their 62,850-seater home ground.
But the club breached the licence earlier this month when it listed tickets to a fifth Beyonce concert for sale, taking the total number of concerts scheduled this year to seven.
The council has since said that the Beyonce gigs can go ahead but that Spurs must submit a new planning application to host a later WizKid concert, the final music event the club are due to stage this year on 29 July.
An application for permission hearing titled ‘The King on the application of Tottenham Hotspur Limited v London Borough Of Haringey’ will be heard by Mrs Justice Lieven today at the Royal Court of Justice in London.
Haringey Council’s cabinet member for planning Dana Carlin previously said she was “disappointed that we have got to this stage.”
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“Welcoming global superstars, like Beyonce, will attract thousands of music fans and benefits our local businesses,” she continued before adding that the impact on local residents “has to be balanced against this”.
In addition to concerts, Spurs also host NFL’s London Games as well as heavyweight boxing clashes, and a new commercial deal with Formula 1 will see a karting track installed at the stadium.
The £1billion arena is routinely hailed as one of the best in the world, but some fans have grown frustrated with what they perceive to be chairman Daniel Levy’s emphasis on commercial success over results on the pitch.
Voices of dissent have grown louder given the club’s recent decline under manager Antonio Conte, whose future is in doubt after a run of one win in five matches and a press-conference tirade against the club’s ownership.
Football Insider revealed on Tuesday (21 March) that Spurs have held internal talks and are on the brink of sacking the Italian amid a growing consensus that he cannot remain as manager until the end of the season.
In other news, Chelsea fear Tottenham could now beat them to priority summer signing.