(Reuters) – The first and rematch matches of the round of 16 of the Tottenham Hottspur European League against Zagreb’s Dinamo Zagreb have been reversed due to a clash with rival London’s Arsenal, UEFA’s European football governing body said on Monday.
The Spurs and Arsenal, who face Greek champions Olympiakos Piraeus in the round of 16, were due to play their first away games on March 11, and a rematch at home a week later.
As home cup winners, having won the FA Cup last season, Arsenal have the advantage and therefore retain a domestic advantage in the return leg.
“UEFA can confirm that the first and second matches of the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, which include GNK Dinamo and Tottenham Hotspur, have been reversed,” UEFA said in a statement.
“The matches will be held in London, ie in Zagreb.”
The decision was good news for the Spurs ’hopes in the Premier League as they are now avoiding a trip abroad ahead of the Arsenal derby that was squeezed between the two European games on 14 March.
(Report by Hardik Vyas of Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)