Watford will play Tottenham at Stadium MK in their Carabao Cup clash after the EFL agreed to the venue switch. Spurs’ new stadium is still not ready and Wembley is unavailable for the meeting later this month.
The north London outfit had asked for permission to play the third-round match at the home of League Two MK Dons.
The matter was discussed at an EFL board meeting on Thursday and Spurs got the decision they wanted, even though Watford asked for the venue to be reversed.
A statement read: “At its meeting on Thursday, the EFL Board granted Tottenham Hotspur Football Club dispensation to play their round three Carabao Cup tie against Watford Football Club later this month at Stadium MK.
“The rules of the Carabao Cup provide for the board of the EFL to consider the home club’s request to play at neutral venues or to reverse the fixture. The decision to grant dispensation takes into account all relevant circumstances facing the home club at the time the fixture is scheduled to take place.
“It was determined that as a result of Tottenham being drawn at home, the tie should be played at the venue of the club’s request, on the proviso that the visitors will receive a ticket allocation of not less than 10 per cent and Tottenham fund any venue hire costs.
“The dispensation granted has been done so on the basis that any future rounds in this season’s Carabao Cup competition are played at either Wembley Stadium as their current home venue, the new White Hart Lane, or at a neutral venue. The club will not be able to reverse any fixtures in 2018/19, should they progress and be drawn at home in future rounds.”