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Volume 7 No. 149

Facilities

EPL clubs said that Tottenham's schedule to reopen White Hart Lane was always overly ambitious.
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Frustration is "growing within Premier League clubs" at Tottenham's ongoing stadium delay and the continued use of a Wembley pitch that was described on Tuesday by Eredivisie side PSV Eindhoven Manager Mark van Bommel as "s----," according to Jeremy Wilson of the London TELEGRAPH. The "annoyance" centers not just on a playing surface that has also been used this autumn for NFL games or "how clubs may face away games against Tottenham at different venues," but a view that the schedule to re-open White Hart Lane "was always overly ambitious." The Premier League has allowed Tottenham to play its home games so far this season at Wembley, but the sight of NFL markings and "such a worn pitch in one of the prestige fixtures of the season" against Man City has "deepened disquiet among some rivals." Tottenham said that it will remain at Wembley until "at least January," meaning forthcoming fixtures against Chelsea, Inter Milan, Southampton, Burnley, Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers will also take place at the national stadium. Tottenham could open its new 62,000-seat stadium in either the FA Cup or the match against ManU on Jan. 13. A further update is expected next month (TELEGRAPH, 11/7).