Spurs vs West Ham game post­poned for safety rea­sons

Tehran Times - - WORLD SPORTS -

Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s New Year’s Eve fix­ture against Lon­don ri­vals West Ham United has been moved to Jan. 4 due to safety con­cerns, the Pre­mier League said on Mon­day.

The league made the de­ci­sion af­ter the Safety Ad­vi­sory Group at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium could only rec­om­mend a max­i­mum crowd of 43,000 for the ini­tial date, which was less than half the ca­pac­ity.

“The League se­lected this match for 31 De­cem­ber with the ex­pec­ta­tion that a regular crowd ca­pac­ity would be able to at­tend,” the Pre­mier League said in a state­ment.

“How­ever, de­spite sig­nif­i­cant work by all par­ties to achieve this, ul­ti­mately the Safety Ad­vi­sory Group at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium would only rec­om­mend a max­i­mum crowd of 43,000.”

The main rea­son for the de­ci­sion was trans­port is­sues, mainly at lo­cal tube sta­tions.

The match will kick off at 2000 GMT, two days af­ter Spurs visit Swansea City.

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