English Premier League announced that the New Year’s Eve fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and London rivals West Ham United has been moved to January 5, 2018 (GMT +8) due to safety concerns.
According to the Premier League, they were advised by the Safety Advisory Board at Wembley Stadium could only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000.
“The match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United due to take place on 31 December 2017 has been rescheduled to 20:00 on Thursday 4 January 2018 (Pacific Time). The League selected this match for 31 December with the expectation that a regular crowd capacity would be able to attend. 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.” Premier League said in a statement
They added that the main reason for the decision was the transport issues that affect the December 31 match.
“This was due to transport issues, primarily at local tube stations whose resources were being deployed elsewhere across London on New Year’s Eve. Following discussions with the clubs involved, a decision was taken to seek an alternative date that would allow far more fans to attend the match.” Premier League expressed
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