Premier League opts against Christmas Eve matches


Premier League opts against Christmas Eve matches

It had been thought that Liverpool's trip to Arsenal was under consideration to be moved from 23 to 24 December.

Sky on this occasion are trying to move the game to Christmas eve - it would make it impossible for people to get home.

Fans had previously been reassured that no fixtures would take place at 16:00 or later on Sunday, 24 December.

However, after an angry backlash from supporters who were concerned about travelling to and from the Emirates on Christmas Eve and the possibility of being stuck in London for Christmas Day, the game has been rescheduled to Friday December 22.

Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said the timing of the Christmas holiday this year had made scheduling complicated.

Not only that, it is just a negative thing to see games played on a day that is associated with spending time with family.

"With matches scheduled on Christmas weekend for the first time in 11 years, the process of selecting games for live broadcast has been a more complex one than usual and I would like to thank our broadcast partners and clubs for their co-operation and flexibility".

That led to pushback from the clubs and supporters' groups, as well as a threat by Arsenal ushers that they might decide not staff the match if the league went ahead with their plans.

There were suggestions that a compromise would be sought, with the hope that the game would instead take place at 12.30pm.

Two matches were selected for live broadcast on Boxing Day: Tottenham v Southampton at 1230GMT and Liverpool v Swansea at 1730GMT.

The broadcast selections for the final round of December fixtures and the month of January will be announced "no later" than October 27, the Premier League said.