Monday 9 December 2019

Spurs will not receive home team privileges should they reach FA Cup semi-finals

Spurs are currently using Wembley for home matches.

Wembley
Wembley

By Jim van Wijk, Press Association Sport

Tottenham will not receive any home team privileges should they reach the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley, Press Association Sport understands.

Spurs are currently using the national stadium for home matches, while a new 61,559-capacity ground is built as part of the Northumberland Development Project to replace White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side were held to a 2-2 draw in their FA Cup fifth-round tie at Rochdale on Sunday, with an injury-time goal from Steve Davies earning the Sky Bet League One strugglers a replay at Wembley on February 28.

Should the Premier League club progress to the last eight, they would face a tie away at either Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea over the weekend of March 16-19.

If Spurs went on to win that fixture, then they would play at Wembley in one of the semi-finals, which are scheduled to take place on April 21 and April 22.

Wembley has hosted FA Cup semi-finals since 2008, and remains a neutral venue for the competition.

Should Spurs make the last four, Press Association Sport understands they would be given no home team privileges such as choice of dressing rooms or which end of Wembley would be allocated for their supporters.

These will, it is understood, be determined by the Football Association in consultation with the relevant authorities.

Each team which reaches the FA Cup semi-finals will be guaranteed at least £450,000 from the competition prize fund, with the winners of each tie receiving £900,000.

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