Tottenham warned over Champions League stadium advertisement

Tottenham warned over Champions League stadium advertisement

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Tottenham have been warned by an advertising watchdog after a promotion which claimed their new stadium would be the “only place in London” to watch Champions League football this season.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has sent the club an advice notice and told them to avoid making claims they cannot fulfil.

The spokesman added: "While we considered there were potential problems under our advertising rules we did not consider the issues raised were so significant as to warrant a full formal investigation. This case was assessed and dealt with via an Advice Notice."

The new stadium, on the site of their old White Hart Lane ground, is now not set to open until at least January 2019.

"We will also write to the complainant to explain the action we have taken. In this instance, we contacted Tottenham Hotspur and advised them to avoid making claims in future advertising that they cannot fulfil to avoid disappointing customers.

And Tottenham face a battle to qualify for the Champions League knockout stage, needing to win both their final group matches against Inter Milan and Barcelona.

The Advertising Standards Agency has ruled that the digital billboard campaign, which appeared to feature a picture of their unfinished 62,000-seat stadium, was misleading after receiving two complaints.

An ASA spokesman said: “The complainants challenged whether the ad was misleading because the building work of the new stadium has not been completed, therefore it is unlikely customers will get a chance to watch Tottenham play in the Champions League at the new stadium.

“While we considered there were potential problems under our advertising rules we did not consider the issues raised were so significant as to warrant a full formal investigation. This case was assessed and dealt with via an advice notice.

An ASA spokesman said: "The complainants challenged whether the advert was misleading because the building work of the new stadium hasnt yet been completed.

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“In this instance, we contacted Tottenham Hotspur and advised them to avoid making claims in future advertising that they cannot fulfil; to avoid disappointing customers. We also advised them that if the ad is still appearing to ensure it is removed. “

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Spurs declined to comment, although it is understood the advert was only ever scheduled to run from May to June of this year.

“We carefully assessed complaints (2) about an outdoor poster ad by Tottenham Hotspur Ltd which stated The only place to watch UEFA Champions League in London…Time is running out to secure Premium Seats at Spurs New Stadium. The complainants challenged whether the ad was misleading because the building work of the new stadium has not been completed, therefore it is unlikely customers will get a chance to watch Tottenham play in the Champions League at the new stadium.”

The club announced in September they would play all three home Champions League group matches at Wembley as they continued to wait for the move into their new stadium.

So there are only 2 Arsenal fans left, or at least 2 who can read. I find the irony of the situation so funny. 15 years ago we would have been reduced to this sort of silliness; now the roles (like everything else)are reversed. Don’t you just love the way the Gooner websites are lapping this up? Very thin gruel boys, be careful you don’t choke on it.

A digital billboard campaign, which appeared to show a picture of their unfinished 62,000-seat stadium, featured the words: “The only place to watch Uefa Champions League in London.”

With only two group games left to play in the Champions League, we take a look at just what the English sides now need to do in order to progress to the knockout phase of Europes premier club competition.

Tottenham Hotspur have been given an ‘Advice Notice’ by the Advertising Standards Agency after two people – yes two – complained about our summer advertising campaign relating to the Champions League and our new White Hart Lane stadium.

There were mixed fortunes for the Premier League teams on Matchday Four this week, with home wins for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City over PSV Eindhoven and Shakhtar Donetsk, a memorable away win for Manchester United at Juventus but a defeat for Liverpool at Red Star Belgrade

I’m sure the ASA enjoyed having their time wasted like this, as I’m not sure an Arsenal fan can be considered a customer in the truest sense anyway, but maybe the complainants missed a trick and didn’t think further.

All four Premier League clubs all have work to do if they want to be in the hat for Decembers draw for the knockout stages.

After all, built or not WHL is clearly not the only place in London you can watch Champions League football…anyone with a television is capable of that if you think about it.

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