Fans fight back over threat of Live TV games on Christmas Eve
You are always waiting to see what the next boundary will be to be broken when it comes to the choice of Live TV games.
Travelling Newcastle fans are currently enjoying a run of away games which has seen the first four trips all moved to a Sunday – Huddersfield, Swansea, Brighton and Southampton – before that run is broken when the fifth away match (Burnley) has been moved to a Monday night!
Newcastle have proved a popular pick for Live TV games so far and now we await the December & January TV choices, with these set to be announced in around two weeks time.
In a schedule released at the start of the season, a date of on or around 12 October 2017 was given, as to when fans will find out what has been chosen.
Ahead of that though, Liverpool fans have got wind of the fact that allegedly, their game at Arsenal on Saturday 23 December is set to be moved to a nice an convenient Christmas Eve kick-off!
The Liverpool fans have released a statement via their ‘Spirit of Shankly’ supporters group to express their concerns (see below).
It would be just our luck for them to kick up enough of a fuss to pull back from that one and instead go for Newcastle’s trip to West Ham which is due for that Saturday (23 December) as well.
Statement from the Spirit of Shankly group:
“We have been made aware that Liverpool’s away fixture against Arsenal, scheduled for Saturday 23 December, is being considered for a move to Christmas Eve (for live TV on Sky].
“It is our understanding that Arsenal have been asked if they can staff such a fixture and the Metropolitan police have been approached for their view.
“Changing the date to Christmas Eve would have untold impact on staff and supporters, particularly away fans.
“Depending on the kick-off time, and the depleted public transport links, the majority of travelling Liverpool supporters would not get home until the early hours of Christmas morning.
“SOS are contacting relevant personnel, to put forward our case that it is completely unacceptable to expect fans to travel for a match at this time.
“The suggestion of such a change, again shows zero regard for supporters, much like the corresponding fixture where Euston station was closed over the Bank Holiday weekend.”
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