Safety Officer Sue Tilling led the chorus of praise for our stewards following the events in Seville last week.
Safety Officer Sue Tilling led the chorus of praise for our stewards following the events in Seville last week.Our fans were involved in disturbing scenes with local police in the first half of our UEFA Cup quarter-final, first leg at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium.
Chief Superintendent Simon O'Brien, Borough Commander Haringey, was at the match as an observer and said immediately afterwards: "I was able to witness first hand the events in Seville. The Spurs fans' behaviour was excellent thoughout the day and the Spurs stewards did what I can only describe as a remarkable and commendable job at the match.”
Observers agreed with Mr O’Brien’s assessment of the fine work of our stewards in extremely difficult circumstances.
Sue said: “I think it goes without saying that the stewards haven’t experienced anything like the situation they were faced with in Seville and they responded magnificently.
“They showed their true loyalty to the Club and with their actions, showed that stewarding works.
“I’m proud of every single one of them and I know from the emails that our fans are as well. We’ve taken a group of stewards with us to every away leg in the UEFA Cup and the fans like to see those familiar faces. If we’ve had any problems, the fans go to the stewards and that problem goes away. Their experience has proved invaluable.”
To help create an accurate assessment of what happened on the night, we asked fans at the stadium to email us their eye-witness reports – they have done so in their droves. With the assistance of these emails, we will be compiling our report to send to UEFA and the Spanish authorities.
Club secretary John Alexander reported: “The fans have responded in their hundreds. These emails will prove invaluable as we try to piece together what happened on the night. I would like to thank them all.”
Sue Tilling added: “The response has been overwhelming and they all say the same thing. Thanks to all the fans who have taken the time to contact us, we are unable to respond to any individually, but we are compiling a file to use as and when necessary.”
What is clear is that there is no animosity between the two sets of supporters as Spurs and Sevilla fans enjoyed each other’s company in Spain and we are confident that will be the case again at the Lane on Thursday night.
Graham Dean, Tactical Commander of the police operation for the second leg, explained: “Certainly we haven’t seen anything to suggest that Spurs fans and Sevilla fans are antagonistic towards each other.
“So we will be policing this game in our usual style – in a friendly, no-nonsense manner, assisting fans to get into the stadium before kick-off and then away from the stadium afterwards. If an incident occurs, we’ll deal with it in the appropriate way.”