Spurs’ Premier League rivals growing increasingly frustrated over delays

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Spurs’ Premier League rivals growing increasingly frustrated over delays


FRUSTRATION

The club still haven’t moved into their redeveloped White Hart Lane home yet and will not do so until 2019 at the earliest

Premier League clubs are growing increasingly frustrated with delays to the opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium and the continued use of Wembley’s pitch.

Spurs were forced to take out a new £237million loan to cover the spiralling costs of the redevelopment of White Hart Lane.

The Wembley pitch was left in tatters after the NFL returned to London

The Wembley pitch was left in tatters after the NFL returned to London

They were due to play their first fixture at the new White Hart Lane against Liverpool on September 15, but that was pushed back due to safety issues.

And recently they had to play their fixture against Manchester City the day after an NFL game between Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars was played at Wembley.

The pitch has recently been laid at the new White Hart Lane

The pitch has recently been laid at the new White Hart Lane

The NFL markings on the pitch and the state of the worn surface has deepened the frustration among rivals, report The Telegraph.

According to Premier League rule K.20, “the playing surface must contain no markings other than the traditional horizontal and white lines”, but Spurs were still allowed to play their match against City.

Concerns had also been raised about the state of the pitch for their Champions League clash with PSV on Tuesday but UEFA confirmed the match would still go ahead.

Another reported cause of frustration for clubs is that Spurs have been allowed to split their home games at different stadiums despite league chief executive Richard Scudamore saying in 2015 they must play an entire season at one venue but they were allowed to play Carabao Cup games at MK Dons this season.

Tottenham Hotspur have been playing their home matches at Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur have been playing their home matches at Wembley

Work appears to be moving ahead on the new stadium with the pitch fully laid, however, their remaining home matches up to, and including, the game with Wolves on December 29 will be played at Wembley.

Spurs are targeting the match with Manchester United on January 13 as the first official match at the newly revamped stadium.





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