Premier League turn down Spurs replay request

May 10, 2006

The Premier League say they have found 'no grounds' to replay Tottenham's match against West Ham after a number of Spurs players were struck down by food poisoning.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sent an open letter to League chairman Dave Richards asking for the game to be replayed after defeat at Upton Park cost Spurs fourth place in the table and qualification for the Champions League.

But in a written response to the north London club, the Premier League said they 'find no grounds for acceding to your request for a replay'.

The League accepted the sickness and diarrhoea which affected a number of players meant it was an 'unsatisfying' way for the season to end, but said the board had to take a 'dispassionate view' of the matter.

The statement continued: 'THFC did have the option of not fulfilling the fixture and will have made its own assessment of the risks associated with that decision.

'It would have been for an independent commission to have decided the merits of your case; rule on any sanction and/or the appropriateness of a replay.

'The board does not wish to jeopardise the respect and excellent relationship that exists between us and THFC.

'We remain very sympathetic to the unenviable position you found yourselves in and hope that neither THFC or any other club will suffer the same fate again.

'However, we believe we expedited our responsibilities effectively and with due care and consideration based on the facts available to us.

'We of course realise that for THFC a feeling of unfairness at the ill-fated events of last Sunday will linger, but trust that you will put this behind you and concentrate on domestic and UEFA Cup success next season.'