Watford want EFL to order Tottenham to switch Carabao Cup tie to Vicarage Road

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WATFORD want the EFL to block Tottenham’s bid to stage their Carabao Cup tie in Milton Keynes to protect the integrity of the competition.

Spurs have been forced to submit a special request to stage their third round tie against their Premier League rivals 50 miles away at Stadium MK.

Watford want the EFL to order their Carabao Cup tie be played at Vicarage Road
Watford want the EFL to order their Carabao Cup tie be played at Vicarage Road
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The London club have been left with no option than to ask for the one-off clearance because their new stadium is still not ready and Wembley is unavailable.

Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title fight with Alexander Povetkin is already being staged at the national stadium that week, leaving Spurs effectively without a home ground.

Watford have already agreed with Spurs to reverse the Premier League match between the sides this Sunday to Vicarage Road after the plans to be in the new ground were hit by problems with the safety system.

But they are not happy at the prospect of having to concede once again – and instead want the tie reversed so it is staged at Vicarage Road.

Spurs have applied to stage the third round tie at Stadium MK
Spurs have applied to stage the third round tie at Stadium MK
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The Standard report a Watford source saying: “The integrity of the competition should stand above everything else.

“If Tottenham cannot fulfil the fixture, then we believe it should be reversed.”

Spurs insist the plan the controversial arrangement with MK Dons would only be in place for one match because Wembley should be available to use from the fourth round onwards should they qualify.

A Tottenham statement said: “The club felt it would not be beneficial to request a reverse of the fixture as it would have resulted in no more than a 10 per cent allocation of tickets for our supporters at the venue of our opponents.


“In contrast, we shall have a ticket allocation of up to 90 per cent at a neutral venue, ensuring greater access for our fans.”

The EFL board meet next week to discuss the matter, and had been expected to give the green light to Spurs playing in Milton Keynes.

But Watford’s position will have to be considered properly, especially after some sections of Tottenham’s own fans voiced concerns.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Club issued a statement saying their board would boycott the match and urging all fans to consider their positions.

Yet that position has also come in for criticism by Spurs supporters, who believe fans should never turn their backs on following the side.