Sunderland‘s home game with Tottenham Hotspur moved to the same day as the Great North Run

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Sunderland’s home game against Tottenham Hotspur will now take place on the same day as the Great North Run after it was moved for live television coverage.

The Black Cats’ face Spurs at the Stadium of Light this September, with the Premier League game now taking place on Sunday, September 13 (KO 1.30pm).

That is the same day as the Morrisons Great North Run.

The race is the biggest half marathon in the world, with 57,000 competitors taking part who are expected to raise more than £250million for charity.

Manchester United and Tottenham will kick off the new Premier League season.

United’s first game of the season against Spurs on August 8 will be shown live on BT Sport at 12.45pm on the opening weekend after Sky Sports opted to show other games.

A spokesman for the Great North Run said: “We are aware of the Sunderland match being scheduled for the afternoon of the Great North Run and are in contact with the relevant authorities to express our concerns.

“The last time there was a potential clash was in 2011 and the kick off at the Stadium of Light was subsequently moved back to a 3pm kick off.

“The date for this year’s Great North Run, Britain’s biggest mass participation running event, was announced last September.”

A Nexus spokesman said: “The Great North Run is Metro’s busiest day of the year, with 100,000 passengers’ journeys, which is why we specify extra train services to move people to and from South Shields.

“Should a Premier League fixture take place at the Stadium of Light on the same day then we would be unable to provide any additional Metro trains for the Sunderland line.

“Metro trains and staff will be fully committed providing safe management of the run and so would be unable to provide those normal additional services and crowd control at Sunderland. Bus companies will also face difficulties due to the strain on the road network.

“There would still be five trains an hour between Pelaw and South Hylton on the day of the game. Trains will be much busier and fans will need to plan their journeys in advance and look out for any extra travel advice in the run up to the game.

“We would welcome further discussions with the Premier League and the broadcaster about the scheduling of this game.”