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Tottenham and West Ham demand Premier League and Sky urgently sort out London derby kick-off next month

SPURS and West Ham are demanding an urgent decision over the kick-off for their London derby next month.

And fans of both clubs have also called for the Premier League and Sky to sort the issue out quickly to prevent major disruption to their Christmas plans.

 Tottenham and West Ham want their kick off to be decided by the Premier League now

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Tottenham and West Ham want their kick off to be decided by the Premier League now

The Wembley clash was originally scheduled for September 30.

But the game was put back 24 hours, with a 2.15pm kick-off, when the final changes to the Christmas and New Year fixtures were announced by the Premier League and broadcasters earlier this month.

That announcement came with a caveat that the game was not confirmed.

Spurs had been due to put tickets up for sale starting yesterday with the first tranche of tickets up for a 48-hour period.

 Spurs and West Ham chiefs want to get security in place for the fans

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Spurs and West Ham chiefs want to get security in place for the fans
 West Ham came out on top the last time the two met at Wembley

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West Ham came out on top the last time the two met at Wembley

But that plan was cancelled on Friday as Spurs cited “circumstances beyond our control” for the decision.

It is understood there are concerns about scheduling a match that is likely to have a crowd in excess of 75,000 on New Year’s Eve, including 3,000 visiting supporters.


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Issues are believed to have been raised by the Metropolitan Police, Brent Council, Transport for London and Wembley bosses, who fear they may struggle to bring in the required number of staff for such a big game.

The two clubs are unhappy at the lack of clarity while groups representing the fans of both clubs are desperate for some confirmed news.

Katrina Law, co-chair of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust, said: “There were 40,000 Spurs season ticket holders who expected to be able to buy their seats this week but nobody knows what is going on.

“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.

“The Football Supporters Federation is in constant dialogue with the various bodies and the clubs to try and find out what’s happening but there seems to be a lot of buck-passing.

 The police want to know the date and time so they can sort out policing

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The police want to know the date and time so they can sort out policing

“We all understand that matches get moved and fans make allowances for that and do all they can to get to games.

“If it gets moved back to the Saturday, then so be it. Likewise, if it is on New Year’s Eve, people will make their plans.

“But we just want this sorted – and very soon. It’s far from ideal at this time of the year.”

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