Tottenham's move into new stadium delayed over safety issues

While the statement only mentions the moving of the Liverpool and Cardiff fixtures to Wembley and leaves the Manchester City fixture on October 28 to be confirmed, an earlier report from The Sun claimed that Levy has activated an option with the FA and has made a "secret payment" that will allow the side to play at the venue up until the new year.

Without getting the needed safety license, the test events scheduled for the stadium in the coming weeks had to be rescheduled, and Tottenham's home matches against Liverpool on September 15 and Cardiff City on October 6 will be played at Wembley Stadium. Tottenham said recent testing had shown up the safety system issues, which meant test events that should have taken place on August 27 and September 1 can not be held.

The Lilywhites were due to host Liverpool in the £1bn stadium's curtain-raising fixture on September 15, having been allowed to play their first home match of the season, against Fulham next Saturday, at Wembley Stadium.

A safety licence must be granted before matches can be staged at the ground and that will not happen before test events - originally slated for August 27 and September 1 and now postponed - take place.

The team and construction group have been meeting to review the situation and determine a new timetable to fix the issues and undergo a re-test.

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Delays have forced Tottenham Hotspur to push back the first game in their new £1b stadium.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "We know this will be disappointing for all our season tickets holders, premium members and our fans worldwide". 'We appreciate the support our partner the National Football League has shown since the extent of this issue became evident today'.

"We totally understand the issue".

The NFL game between the Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks set for October 14 will also have to be played at the 90,000 capacity arena.

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