Dutch FA make huge decision to help Ajax beat Tottenham

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur booked their place in the semi final of the Champions League following a tense battle against Manchester City, which saw the North London side progress on the away goal rule.

Ajax had already secured their fate the night before when they put on a stunning display in Turin to knock out Juventus.

Ahead of the first leg at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday 30th April, Spurs will face Bournemouth on the south coast in the Premier League just 48 hours before they face their Dutch opponents.

Ajax were also due to be in action four days before the first leg against Spurs, but the Dutch Football Association (KNVB) have made the huge decision to postpone all fixtures during the week to give them the best possible opportunity of making it to the Champions League final.

Meanwhile, it is highly unlikely that the Premier League will take similar steps to give Spurs a fighting chance and will instead proritise TV revenue from Sky Sports.

KNVB president Eric Gudde told The Sun: “We have looked at all kinds of ways to move games with Ajax progressing so far in the Champions League.

“We have presented our plans to all of the clubs. It is not ideal for everyone, I appreciate that, but this is not just helping Ajax.

The Dutch season will now be extended, with the postponed matches now being switched to Wednesday, May 15.

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