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.
The advert in its full glory is below.
Having received the complaints the ASA have obviously got to follow their own processes, but we haven’t been investigated properly and the ‘Advice Notice’ is simply to check the box and I presume pay lip service to those with a little too much time on their hands but I’m sure they believe it was a jolly jape and intellectual.
No further action will be taken and we’ve simply been advised against making future claims that we may not be able to fulfil.
The Evening Standard quote.
“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.”
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.
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.
Sometimes it’s just best to humour people isn’t it. Made me smile anyway.