December 4, 2017 / 11:43 AM / in a year

Spurs vs West Ham game postponed for safety reasons

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur’s New Year’s Eve fixture against London rivals West Ham United has been moved to Jan. 4 due to safety concerns, the Premier League said on Monday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur - Vicarage Road, Watford, Britain - December 2, 2017 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

The league made the decision after the Safety Advisory Group at Wembley Stadium could only recommend a maximum crowd of 43,000 for the initial date, which was less than half the capacity.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Manchester City vs West Ham United - Etihad Stadium, Manchester, Britain - December 3, 2017 Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

“The League selected this match for 31 December with the expectation that a regular crowd capacity would be able to attend,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“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.”

The main reason for the decision was transport issues, mainly at local tube stations.

The match will kick off at 2000 GMT, two days after Spurs visit Swansea City.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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