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Spurs force non-league ‘Spurs’ to change badge design

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The crest of Fleet Spurs at the centre of the controversy.

Tottenham have forced a non-league club to change their badge design, complaining it was too similar to their own.

It means Fleet Spurs, who play in the Wessex League Division One in Hampshire, will have to fork out between £3,000 and £4,000 to change their badge.

Bryan Sheppard, chairman of Fleet Spurs, told the BBC: "We haven't got a penny to our name, we couldn't afford to fight it.

"It's been quite stressful, we just felt really intimidated by the heavy-handed approach.

"But I can see where they are coming from.”

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The crest of Spurs on a recent away shirt.

The current badge was created by the winner of a fans competition and Sheppard insisted that the new design would also be crafted by a supporter – although he admitted they would have to scrutinise the winning entry more carefully this time around.

Despite no official links existing between the clubs, Fleet Spurs were set up after World War Two as a tribute to Tottenham by returning war personnel.

Tottenham’s lawyers have given Fleet Spurs until Christmas to remove the crest from their ground, but have permitted its use on their kit until it’s next replaced.

"It was always the club's approach to deal with this matter amicably and with a large dose of common sense,” said a spokesman for the Premier League club.

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