Tot­ten­ham hit back over £33,000 food bank bill

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport / Football - By Matt Law Foot­ball news cor­re­spon­dent

Hot­spur have de­fended them­selves against a claim that the club charged Haringey coun­cil more than £30,000 to use their un­der­ground car park as a food bank dur­ing the coron­avirus cri­sis.

A re­port in Pri­vate Eye stated that Spurs passed on a bill of £33,280 to the coun­cil for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity and clean­ing dur­ing three months of lock­down.

The costs were re­vealed via a res­i­dent’s free­dom of in­for­ma­tion re­quest, with the coun­cil re­spond­ing: “These costs were £1,680 per week for ad­di­tional se­cu­rity and £880 per week for ad­di­tional clean­ing.” But it is un­der­stood that the coun­cil re­quested and of­fered to pay for the ex­tra ser­vices from Tot­ten­ham and that it was not a bill that was sim­ply passed on.

Re­spond­ing to the Pri­vate Eye re­port, a Tot­ten­ham spokesper­son said: “The club es­tab­lished the food dis­tri­bu­tion hub at our sta­dium in April in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Haringey coun­cil to serve some of the most vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple within our com­mu­nity and every sin­gle cost to de­liver this op­er­a­tion has been ab­sorbed by Haringey coun­cil and the club.

“Any costs paid by Haringey were those paid to third-party sup­pli­ers and no costs what­so­ever have been passed to any char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion in­volved in this pro­ject. The third-party costs were re­quested by Haringey as ad­di­tional ser­vices.

“The club did not pass on any costs which it it­self in­curred and cov­ered sev­eral other costs, too.”

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