The soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur FC, are to host the world’s first zero-carbon football match against Chealsea Utd by serving a vegan menu to fans.

Tottenham Football Club has been blasted for trying to get fans to go vegan for their match against Chelsea this month.

The north London side also want supporters to cycle or take public transport to the ground – despite some living hundreds of miles away.

The scheme, which will be launched on September 19, is part of a bid to hold the world’s first zero carbon football match. A Tottenham spokesperson said that meat options would still be available on the menu, with the vegan options available being extended for the match.

But it has been met with fury by fans and farmers, who pointed out the huge carbon footprint the club creates travelling across the world for matches. Mo Metcalf-Fisher from the Countryside Alliance warned bringing in vegan food should not be at the expense of meat options. He said: “It’s laudable when big organisations like Spurs try and do their bit for environment, but they need to be doing it in a way that will actually yield positive results and not alienate fans and the wider public. There’s nothing wrong with supplying vegan snacks, but that should not be at the expense of supplying sustainable meat alternatives too. After all, the vast bulk of the British public consume meat regularly and the question should never be whether or not to eat meat, but where that meat comes from and whether it is from a sustainable source. Spurs should be liaising with farming leaders who can talk about the amazing work being done by our farmers to achieve Net Zero emissions by 2040, while protecting our beautiful countryside, planting more trees and producing sustainable, grass fed red meat on farmland not suitable for growing anything else.”

Tottenham fan Jake Murray, 26, a season ticket holder from north London, said he did not mind the vegan food there but noted the club’s carbon footprint. He said: “I’ve tried the vegan food at Tottenham and it’s tasty, I wouldn’t mind having majority vegan food on offer around the ground. But like all global warming policies, the onus shouldn’t be on the individual but the big organisations. Clubs flying around the world on pre-season tours, TV companies moving away games to ridiculous times at late notice where it’s impossible to get home by public transport, and FIFA vying for a World Cup every two years have a worse impact on the environment than me eating some chicken wings.”

Meanwhile Casey Banks, 25, a Chelsea fan from west London, pointed out Tottenham heavily promote meat options on their website. He said: “The move to offer more options to fans at games is probably a good one and being more environmentally aware is an admirable cause. However it’s a bit odd that Spurs openly market their match catering with various meat options such as the N-17 grill and Chicken House that will surely struggle to offer satisfactory options at a reasonable price for the fans in the ground.”

The match is being dubbed ‘Game Zero’ and sees Tottenham team up with Sky Sports and COP26. They are working to minimise emissions caused by the Chelsea game by minimising energy used to power the game, travel and dietary choices at the stadium. The club is asking for fans to ‘chose a plant-based food option’ from their menus, which will be available across the ground on the day.

Bosses want supporters to cycle to the match by dishing out 180 bikes to those in the local area. They want those further afield to use public transport to make the match, including by train or bus. And they called for attendees to recycle the waste they accumulate during the day, boosting their ‘zero to landill’ programme.

Tottenham players, which include England captain Harry Kane, will be taken to the stadium by a bus run on biofuel rather than driving by car. The stars will also be drinking water on the day from cartons instead of plastic bottles. The club said Chelsea bosses would also be asking their staff to trek across the capital ‘sustainably’.

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We are delighted to be the chosen partner of Sky on this ground-breaking initiative that will demonstrate the role our game can play in addressing the urgent issue of climate change. As the Premier League’s greenest club, Tottenham Hotspur is passionate about our planet – we look forward to showcasing our wide range of sustainable measures that are already in place and encouraging our fans to take simple actions that can make a huge difference.”

Managing Director at Sky Sports Jonathan Licht said: “We’re proud to be working with COP26 and Tottenham Hotspur to make #GameZero the world’s first net zero carbon football match at the elite level. We hope that by using the power of sport, we can inspire and support football fans to make simple changes to reduce their carbon footprint and make more climate-friendly choices.”

COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma said: “Climate change affects every aspect of our lives, including the sports that we love to watch and play. We can all take steps to help protect the planet for future generations, including in major sporting events. That is why I am delighted COP26 is working with Sky, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and the Premier League to show how football is going One Step Greener by hosting the world’s first major net zero football match.”

Original source: https://www.dailymail.co.uk