Tottenham Hotspur has come out swinging against supporters selling excess tickets to Red Star supporters in last week’s Champions League match against the Serbian club. According to the BBC, Spurs have issued “indefinite bans” to 48 identified One Hotspur members who purchased extra tickets to the match, only to turn around and sell them on the grey market.
UEFA had banned Red Star fans from being able to purchase tickets to the match as a punishment for past incidents of racism in matches. That didn’t stop over 200 Red Star fans from somehow securing tickets in various pockets around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Stewards were able to corral as many as possible into one area in the North Stand, as there were too many to eject; they were a vocal fan base that you could easily hear on the television broadcast of the match.
Spurs haven’t yet issued an official statement on the action against the One Hotspur members, but for now the 48 fans will be prohibited from attending Tottenham matches until further notice.
Tottenham does have a legal mechanism by which fans can turn in tickets for official resale to supporters who wish to attend the match.