Tuesday 02 June 2020

Ajax to meet Spurs in London on April 30, forcing Dutch league rejig

Amsterdam football club Ajax will play Tottenham Hotspur in the semi-finals of this year’s Champion’s League competition following the English club’s away goal win over Manchester City in Wednesday’s quarter final.

The first leg will be played in London on Tuesday April 30, with the return leg on Wednesday May 8 in Amsterdam.

Four of the current Spurs line-up are ex-Ajax players.

The confirmed dates mean the Dutch football association is now trying to rejig league fixtures to give Ajax enough time to both prepare and to rest between games.

The Amsterdammers are due to play De Graafschaap on April 28, just two days before the first leg of the semi-final.

A suggestion to switch the game to Friday evening would appear to be impossible because of logistical problems, including the shortage of police cover, De Graafschaap director Hans Martijn Ostendorp told broadcaster NOS.

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