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Tottenham move Liverpool and Cardiff games to Wembley amid new stadium troubles

Tottenham have announced that their new stadium will not be ready to host the Premier League fixture against Liverpool on September 15.

The club were due to move into their new home in time for the game against Jurgen Klopp’s men but announced in a statement on Monday evening that there are issues with the “critical safety systems”.

Tottenham’s new stadium

This means both the Liverpool game and the Cardiff match scheduled for October 6 will revert back to Wembley, where Spurs played all of their home fixtures last season.

The statement read: “Following the release of the Premier League fixtures for the 2018-19 season, we announced that, barring any significant issues with the final stages of stadium completion, our match against Liverpool on 15 September would be the first match in our new stadium. Recent testing and commissioning has now shown issues with the critical safety systems.

“Urgent follow-up meetings with (stadium contractor) Mace and the trade contractors are now taking place. We are reviewing the situation and planned timetable to rectify and re-test, after which we shall be in a better position to outline a revised timetable.

“The delays created by these difficulties mean that we can no longer hold the necessary test events on 27 August and 1 September. These will need to be rescheduled to take place ahead of any first official match at the new stadium in order to achieve the safety licence.

“In the meantime, therefore, our upcoming Premier League matches against Liverpool (15 September) and Cardiff City (6 October) will be switched to Wembley, as will the NFL match scheduled for 14 October.”

More Wembley time for Spurs

SunSport earlier reported that Spurs have made a payment to the Football Association to play at Wembley until the end of the year.

The new 62,000-seater stadium built on the site of Tottenham’s former home White Hart Lane has been designed to seamlessly host NFL fixtures alongside regular football matches.

But the clash between the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders will also now shift to Wembley.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has asked for supporters to remain patient as the issues at hand are corrected before a new move-in date is announced.

“We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide,” he said in the statement.

“We appreciate the support our partner the NFL has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today.

“At the start of the project we asked for your support during what we knew would be a complex and challenging build and now we ask for your continued patience and forbearance.”

Tottenham host Fulham at Wembley on Saturday, with the London derby always scheduled to take place at the national stadium.


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