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Tottenham Hotspur bid to play at MK Dons

Tottenham Hotspur have asked for special dispensation to play their Carabao Cup third round tie against Watford at Milton Keynes Dons.

Spurs were drawn at home but have applied to the EFL with the decision to be made on Thursday.

Their new stadium opening has been delayed by problems with the safety systems and they are unable to play the match at Wembley Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight fight with Alexander Povetkin on September 22.

It means the Premier League club have no choice but to look at playing their match elsewhere.

In a statement, Spurs said: “We appreciate that Stadium MK may not be an ideal destination for every fan to get to on a weekday evening.”

“However, the club felt it would not be beneficial to request a reverse of the fixture as it would have resulted in no more than a 10 per cent allocation of tickets for our supporters at the venue of our opponents.

“In contrast, we shall have a ticket allocation of up to 90 per cent at a neutral venue, ensuring greater access for our fans.

“Consideration was given to a number of different football stadia and for a variety of reasons – capacity, availability, facilities, accessibility, pitch quality and clubs still being in the competition themselves – it was simply not possible to secure a neutral venue within the M25.

“We are extremely conscious of having to ask our supporters to attend home matches at more than one venue and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Further details regarding the scheduling of our tie, along with ticketing, will follow in due course.”

The news however has left fans furious, with Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust saying: As a supporters’ organisation, we would obviously not be happy to see our club’s home games moved to Stadium MK.

“Should the game go ahead, we would urge fans to consider the history of the MK club and the views of our friends at AFC Wimbledon.

“Board members of THST will not be attending the match if it is played at Stadium MK.”

Since the statements from both the club and Trust came out, it has been criticised, with some feeling disgusted with THST asking their fans to boycott – check out that reaction on the next page.

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