Thousands of empty seats around Wembley as Spurs fans stay home for Southampton

TOTTENHAM fans deserted Wembley in their droves for tonight's Premier League clash with Southampton.

Only 33.012 turned up as supporters took advantage of a refund offer and left large pockets of the national stadium empty.

Thousands of empty seats around Wembley as Spurs fans stay home for SouthamptonNews Group Newspapers Ltd3 Large sections of Wembley looked deserted as Spurs took on Southampton

Spurs told season-ticket holders they could get their money back on games if the long-awaited return to White Hart Lane in a new stadium did not go through this season.

And just three days after 59,973 saw Tottenham tumble to a 4-2 loss at the Emirates, the size of the crowd plummeted just as dramatically.

So it appears fans chose a clash with the struggling Saints to cash in.

Before kick-off, though, new Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl beamed in the stands as he prepared to watch his struggling team.

Thousands of empty seats around Wembley as Spurs fans stay home for SouthamptonNews Group Newspapers Ltd3 Wembley looked eerie for Spurs' Premier League clash against lowly Southampton
Thousands of empty seats around Wembley as Spurs fans stay home for SouthamptonReuters3 New Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was one of those happy to take his place in the stands at Wembley – but Spurs soon took the lead

But within nine minutes he might have realised the size of his task as Harry Kane pounced inside the six-yard box to put Tottenham in front.

Just last week it was suggested Spurs could be losing £1million a game by playing at Wembley rather than the new ground that was supposed to have been ready earlier this season

Richard Peters, co-CEO of Stadia Solutions, which works with clubs to help run stadiums, made the claim to SunSport.

He said:  "Spurs will obviously have to pay the rent to Wembley and they’ll be losing their concourse and hospitality lounge advertising revenue.

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