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Tottenham fans hoped to give their famous stadium a European send-off.

Spurs fans divided over moving Champions League games to Wembley

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Spurs look set to play at Wembley in the 2017/18 season, but fans are unhappy that next season's Champions League games could also be moved to the national stadium.

Sunday's game against Southampton will be the last time Tottenham play to a full-capacity White Hart Lane, as building work on Tottenham's new ground means that the north-east corner of White Hart Lane will be closed next season.

That will reduce the capacity to around 32,000, and with a Champions League campaign to look forward to, the club are eager to allow as many fans to see their European games as possible - and, of course, make the most of the potential revenue.

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Fans disappointed 

However, one element of this year's achievements that many fans were most proud of was that White Hart Lane would be graced with Champions League football in its final season.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust, in a statement quoted by the London Evening Standard, revealed they would back the decision to move European games to Wembley.

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"We know fans would love to have seen our famous old stadium off with UEFA Champions League fixtures at our traditional home", the statement read.

"But as this doesn’t look possible, we’re glad the club has said it will continue with the accessible pricing policy for cup games at an alternative venue.

"We think a solution that will enable a greater number of Spurs fans to see our club in action for an accessible price is the most desirable.

Tottenham divided

The issue has divided Spurs fans on social media, though it is understood that UEFA competition rules may also be playing a part in Spurs' decision:

Many fans' main concern will be the cost of tickets, but the club are yet to comment on whether there will be an increase as a result of playing at Wembley. 

It is also unclear whether there will be a restriction in allocation for Spurs fans in the way there is for cup games at Wembley. 

No European send-off for the Lane

But most of all, fans are disappointed that they unwittingly saw the last of the Lane's famous European nights in 2011 when Spurs lost 1-0 at home to Real Madrid, courtesy of a Cristiano Ronaldo goal gifted by former goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes. 

For now, Spurs' focus remains on securing second in the Premier League, which will give them a more favourable Champions League draw. Three more points could be enough to achieve that, given their superior goal difference, particularly if Arsenal fail to beat Manchester City. 

Tottenham undoubtedly have plenty of reasons to be hotly anticipating next season, but it could come as a major blow to many of their supporters if the Champions League move to Wembley is confirmed in the coming weeks. 

Should Spurs play their Champions League games at Wembley or White Hart Lane? Have your say in the comments. 

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