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Tottenham Hotspur confirmed for Hong Kong friendly this month – and their players aren’t happy

Spurs will take on Kitchee at the end of May

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 May, 2017, 1:02pm
UPDATED : Monday, 08 May, 2017, 1:02pm

Hong Kong-based Tottenham Hotspur fans will get the chance to see their team in action in the flesh this month when they take on Kitchee for a post-season friendly – but the players are reportedly furious at having to travel to Asia after a gruelling English Premier League season.

Spurs, like all Premier League teams, are keen to expand their brand and marketing power in Asia, and their main sponsor is Hang Seng-listed insurance giant AIA.

English tabloid The Sun reported that Spurs’ players are angry with chairman Daniel Levy for sending them to the other side of the world after their final Premier League game of the season on May 21, with many of them having international matches in June. Spurs will have played 53 games by the end of the season.

Former England international Ledley King was set to announce further details of the friendly against the newly crowned Hong Kong champions on Monday afternoon.

It is believed the game will take place on May 26 or 28 at Hong Kong Stadium.

After pushing Chelsea all the way, Spurs look set to finish second in this season’s Premier League after a damaging defeat to West Ham on Friday night.

Chelsea can extend their lead at the top to seven points with three games remaining with victory over Middlesbrough tonight.