UEFA have actually validated that Spurs’ Europa League tie with Dinamo Zagreb has actually been changed, with the North Londoners’ losing their home advantage for the 2nd leg.
But the change has left some Arsenal fans raging, after it handed Tottenham an edge going into the North London derby.
Both North London sides were set to have their round of 16 away legs up first, prior to hosting Dinamo and Olympiacos respectively a week later.
But with Uefa guidelines determining that 2 teams can’t play in the very same city on the very same night, one fixture had to alter.
With Arsenal taking concern over Spurs by virtue of having certified through winning last season’s FA Cup, their tie was kept as it is.
Tottenham, meanwhile, will now host Dinamo first … preventing a 2,000 mile round-trip simply 3 days before their Premier League clash with Toolbox.
Mikel Arteta’s side, on the other hand, will have to travel almost 4,000 miles as they head to Athens and back to face Olympiacos in their round of 16 first leg.
While this is thought to favour Toolbox in terms of Europa League development, some fans were left fuming on social networks.
One composed: “spurs getting the bubble wrap treatment when again”.
While another questioned: “Why can’t they dip into house on the very same day, policing and travelling concerns are non existing when the games are behind closed doors !!!”.
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A third groaned: “How is this fair? What a joke.”.
And a fourth felt that Spurs were likewise getting handed an advantage in Europe, in addition to locally – indicating the away objectives rule.
He added: “Why do they get the advantage of an away second leg? Extra 30 mins of away goals and knowing exactly what you require. Joke.”.
The 2 clubs both currently being in mid-table, with simply 2 points separating them as the season starts to enter it’s last sprint.
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