Sutton United chairman Bruce Elliott has insisted that the club’s FA Cup Fifth Round tie agaisnt Premier League giants can go ahead at their Green Gander Lane home.
After their Fourth Round win against Championship promotion contenders Leeds United on Sunday there had been speculation that the U’s would look to switch the time to Selhurst Park, home of Premier League Crystal Palace.
The game against Leeds saw just under 5,000 supporters witness a Jamie Collins penalty send the U’s into the last sixteen of the competition.
The day passed without any major incidents and Elliott believes that this shows that the U’s are capable of hosting the Gunners at their home.
And he has now confirmed that moving the game should not be an option and revealed that the FA are “very keen” for the tie to take place at Sutton.
Speaking to BBC Radio London he said “We would only do that for safety reasons. The FA are very keen to play the game at Sutton.
“We have proven we can have a full house and the police have been very happy. We have every intention of the game going ahead at Sutton because that is what the FA Cup is all about.”
The tie can take place at Green Gander Lane as long as the Football Association, Sutton Council and the local police have no objections or concerns about whether the U’s home ground is suitable to stage what will be the biggest game in the club’s history.
A massive 105 places separates the U’s and the Gunners, who are the joint most successful side in the competition’s history along with Premier League rivals Manchester United.
The game marks Sutton’s first ever Fifth Round tie and they will welcome top flight opposition to Green Gander Lane for the first time since their famous Third Round defeat of Coventry City in January 1989.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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