Spurs and West Ham seek clarity on New Year clash

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The club along with West Ham are demanding an urgent decision over the kick-off for their clash next month according to an article in The Sun.

Fans of both clubs have called for the Premier League and Sky to sort the issue out quickly to prevent major disruption to their Christmas plans.

The article adds that the game was put back 24 hours, with a 2.15pm kick-off, when the final changes to the Christmas and New Year fixtures were announced by the Premier League and broadcasters earlier this month.

It does point out that the announcement came with a caveat that the game was not confirmed and while 40,000 season ticket holders have their tickets already – despite not knowing when the game will be played, the club had been due to put tickets up for sale starting Monday with the first tranche of tickets up for a 48-hour period for “Bronze” and “Lilywhite” members.

However the article says that plan was cancelled on Friday as Spurs cited “circumstances beyond our control” for the decision and it is now understood there are concerns about scheduling a match that is likely to have a crowd in excess of 75,000 on New Year’s Eve, including 3,000 visiting supporters.

Metropolitan Police, Brent Council, Transport for London and Wembley bosses fear they may struggle to bring in the required number of staff for such a big game.

It adds that both clubs are unhappy at the lack of clarity while groups representing the fans of both clubs are desperate for some confirmed news.

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) and the West Ham Independent Supporters Association issued a joint statement calling for a final decision. In a statement Kat Law of THST said “We know that both Clubs are pushing for a swift resolution but it seems ridiculous that six weeks out from the game supposedly taking place nobody knows when it is going to be played.

She added “We are in constant dialogue with the various bodies and the Clubs to try and find out what’s happening, as are the Football Supporters Federation, but there seems to be a lot of buck-passing.

“We all understand that matches get moved and fans make allowances for that and do all they can to get to games.
“If it gets moved back to the Saturday, then so be it. Likewise, if it is on New Year’s Eve, people will make their plans.
“But we just want this sorted – and very soon. It’s far from ideal at this time of the year.”

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  1. 3,000 out of 75,000 doesn’t sound like an equitable split of ticket allocation. Shouldn’t it be closer to 10,000? How do Spurs get away with this?

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