Tottenham’s stadium move
This week has seen a fresh round of updates regarding Tottenham’s move into their brand new stadium.
As Spurs fans will be all-too-aware, Tottenham’s move into their new home has been repeatedly delayed.
Yet, as the final months of the season tick over, the Lillywhites remain hopeful of moving soon.
This week the London Evening Standard reported that the north London derby against Arsenal last weekend may have been the final Spurs ‘home’ match at Wembley this season.
Premier League ultimatum before Brighton, or maybe Huddersfield
But will Tottenham’s move actually happen?
In the Times on Wednesday, it’s revealed that the Premier League have begun to play hardball with Spurs.
The league are willing to allow Tottenham to play their remaining five home games in their new ground.
However there’s a catch. Tottenham have been instructed that it’s now or never:
The Premier League has told Tottenham Hotspur that it will not permit them to move into their new stadium this season unless it is ready for their next home game.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) March 5, 2019
Identifying Tottenham’s next home match isn’t as easy as it seems:
Spurs’ next home match will either be against Brighton & Hove Albion on April 7 — should Chris Hughton’s side lose to Millwall in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup — or against Huddersfield Town six days later.
To complicate matters further, the Brighton game will have to be postponed even if they do not reach the semi-finals if Tottenham’s stadium is not ready by the start of next month, as Wembley is being used to stage both last-four ties on the first weekend in April. In that case the Huddersfield game on April 13 would also be moved to Wembley.
It is understood that the Premier League is insisting that #THFC play all five of their remaining home games at their new ground or stay at Wembley for the rest of the season, writes @MattHughesTimes https://t.co/rRGgIStkuV
— Times Sport (@TimesSport) March 6, 2019
What about the Champions League?
Spurs are through to the quarterfinals of the Champions League following a 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund.
Will Tottenham play their next European match in their new ground?
That remains unclear, with the Times confirming “Uefa is reluctant to sanction a quarter-final tie at the new stadium if a league match has not taken place before it.”