The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) have urged supporters to boycott Tottenham Hotspur’s Carabao Cup third round tie against Watford if the game is held at Stadium MK.
Spurs were drawn at home to the Hornets and with the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium along with Wembley both not available as venues for the match, the club have applied for a special dispensation from the EFL Board to play their tie at a neutral venue.
The THST have revealed that they believe the venue which Spurs plan to play the match at is at the home of MK Dons and that the request had been made even before it was confirmed that we had secured a home draw.
Due to the well-publicised history of the formation of MK Dons, who relocated from Wimbledon and led to some fans creating a break-off side AFC Wimbledon who have gone from strength to strength in recent years and the THST are remaining loyal to AFC Wimbledon.
A statement on the official THST site read: “THFC has confirmed it has asked the EFL for dispensation to play its third round Carabao Cup tie at Stadium MK. We understand the application for dispensation had to be submitted before the draw at home to Watford was made, and that the EFL have yet to make the final decision on where the tie is played. We also understand it is not possible for THFC to alter their request at this stage.
Earlier this month, the Club asked THST to help gauge fan opinion on a possible change of home venue given both Wembley and our new stadium were unavailable during w/c 24 September.
“The results of our survey showed a marginal preference for playing at an alternative home venue as opposed to flipping the tie (46% v 43%). The Club also had a strong preference for not giving up home advantage. And 70% of fans in the survey wanted the alternative venue to be within the M25.
“We appreciate it was always going to be difficult to find a suitable venue within those parameters.
“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.”
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