The club and the Premier League have apologised to fans for the continued hold-up in confirming the club’s home derby against West Ham United on New Year’s Eve.
The match at Wembley, is scheduled to kick off at 2:15 p.m and is also due to be shown live on television however an article by ESPN states that Spurs are awaiting a safety certificate from a safety advisory group made up of representatives of the club, Brent Council and the police, ambulance and fire services.
The article adds that a source has told ESPN FC that the delay is being caused by concerns over transport.Transport for London fear that up to 85,000 fans travelling to Wembley for the game will put too much additional strain on staff and police, due to man a free all-night service on London’s Underground and trains that night.
It adds that ticket sales for the West Ham game have been suspended and there remains a doubt that it will go ahead at the scheduled date and time.
The article adds that a joint statement was released on Thursday by the club and the Premier League urging patience from supporters.
“We are writing jointly to you to apologise for the delay in being able to confirm ticketing arrangements for the above match and to ask for your patience,” it said.
“We fully understand that, for those loyal and committed fans anticipating attending, this delay is inconvenient as we are already beyond the normal deadline for the confirmations you deserve.
“Staging matches requires many elements to be put in place, primarily to ensure that you can all enjoy them safely and can get to and from grounds in reasonable time.
“Given the complicated circumstances, we are asking for a little more time to work through solutions acceptable to those with the ultimate responsibility for ensuring this match is played and enjoyed safely.”
The artucle adds that the Tottenham Hotspur
Supporters’ Trust (THST) and West Ham’s Independent Supporters’ Association have called for a fast resolution.
THST co-chair Kat Law said last week: “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.”
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