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Khan’s warning over Gunners’ derby match

London Mayor’s fears over fans ‘congregating’ for Spurs v Arsenal fixture as football returns

05 June, 2020

Sadiq Khan: ‘It’s really important clubs work with police and others to make sure we get this right’

LONDON Mayor Sadiq Khan has raised the alert over security if Arsenal are sent to play Spurs in a north London derby.

The Premier League is due to restart the football season on June 17 behind closed doors.

But some matches may be switched to neutral venues amid concerns that supporters may start gathering outside.

“We don’t want Premier League clubs in London to have fans congregating. We’ve got Tottenham and Arsenal coming up,” Mr Khan told LBC on Thursday.

“It’s really important clubs work with police and others to make sure we get this right.”

The no spectators rule means the much-anticipated first North London Derby game between the old rivals at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium at White Hart Lane could turn out to be a damp squib.

Arsenal must play away games against Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion before even casting their minds on Spurs if play restarts as scheduled.

“The overwhelming measures to social distancing are still there,” said Mr Khan, who supports Liverpool.

“The key thing has got to be: What is safe?”

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