FSF elicit Christmas Eve commitment from Premier League, however …


Last month it emerged that Sky Sports had requested Arsenal’s game with Liverpool, originally scheduled for December 23rd, be moved to Christmas Eve with a suggested kickoff time of 4pm.

Naturally this has not gone down well with fans of either club, and Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp was outspoken in his criticism for the idea, saying, “Sky has then to make a decision if they really want to do this, if they really want to bring supporters onto the streets that night, if they really want to bring all the people who work for television away from home that night.

“I really cannot imagine that anyone wants to watch football on that night.”

Yesterday, a meeting took place between executives of the Premier League and the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) with representatives of all 20 top flight clubs there.

The issue of Christmas Eve football was raised, but the best we got was that Richard Scudamore made a commitment to have no 4pm kickoffs on that day, rather than no football at all.

The television picks for December will be announced on October 19th, but it will be a further week before fans are given any Christmas Eve details. Given the time of year, the difficulties of travel on the 24th, and the fact that time zones mean this could be a Christmas Day game for some people, it’s another demonstration of how little the broadcasters care about fans.

It certainly looks as if a ‘compromise’ decision will be made. Not a 4pm kickoff, but an earlier start time to show that they’re willing to listen – like the earlier start time wasn’t their plan all along.


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