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Tottenham granted special dispensation to play EFL tie against Watford in Milton Keynes

Tottenham will face Watford at Stadium MK. Credit: PA

The EFL have granted Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur special dispensation to play their Carabao Cup third round tie against Watford in Milton Keynes.

Spurs are still waiting to move into their new stadium and Wembley isn't available during the week of the third round.

Tottenham applied to the EFL board for special permission to stage the match on Wednesday 26 September at Stadium MK, and they have now been given the green light.

Watford did ask the EFL board if the game could be played at Vicarage Road instead, but their request was rejected on the basis that Tottenham should remain the home team.

In a statement, MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman expressed his delight that Tottenham had identified Stadium MK as a suitable venue.

“We are pleased that Tottenham Hotspur have chosen Stadium MK as the venue for their Carabao Cup tie with Watford," he said.

“We are proud to host the fixture and will work closely with Spurs, the EFL and Watford to ensure that everyone enjoys their visit to Milton Keynes.”

The Dons have confirmed that all ticketing will be managed by Tottenham, and no tickets will be available via the Dons' ticket office.