Spurs request replay against West Ham


Tottenham Hotspur have asked the Premier League to order that their game against West Ham last weekend be replayed.

The crucial match went ahead on Sunday despite a number of the Spurs team being struck down with food poisoning hours before kick-off.

Martin Jol's side subsequently lost 2-1 at Upton Park and therefore missed out on a Champions League place after Arsenal's 4-2 victory over Wigan.

Spurs had requested the game be postponed for a day but were offered only a two-hour delay by Premier League officials.

"In being given no viable option to postpone the match other than a two-hour delay to kick-off, our players were denied the possible opportunity of competing in the Champions League, while our fans have been left with a sense of suspicion and injustice at the way subsequent events unfolded," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a letter to Premier League chairman Dave Richards.

"Clearly, our governing body put us in an impossible situation and gave a significant advantage to Arsenal in competing for that fourth position."

Levy said his club had the backing of other Premier League (FAPL) clubs in requesting a replay.

"We now have confirmation from a majority of Premier League clubs that they would support a replay and in similar circumstances would expect the game to have been postponed," Levy said.  "We therefore formally request that you order that the game be replayed.

"It is regrettable that we have been put in this position, but we feel let down by the FAPL's abdication of its responsibility to consider the request for a postponement fairly and after due consideration of all relevant factors."

Ten Spurs players, including first-teamers Michael Dawson, Edgar Davids, Michael Carrick, Robbie Keane and Teemu Tainio, were struck down by food poisoning after a buffet meal at the team hotel in east London on Saturday night.

All five played in the 2-1 defeat at West Ham United, a result which, coupled with Arsenal's 4-2 win over Wigan, meant Spurs missed out on fourth place and had to settle for a place in the Uefa Cup.

West Ham play in the FA Cup final on Saturday against Liverpool and Fifa have set a deadline of next Monday for all domestic seasons to have finished. However, it allowed the Spanish league an extension to May 20th to complete its season.