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Football Supporters’ Federation slam Premier League TV schedule as fans face battle to get to games

Date Posted,July 5, 2017

The Football Supporters’ Federation have lamented the Premier League’s fixture scheduling for TV broadcasts.

Sky and BT have both unveiled the games they plan to cover through the first two months of the season.

Top flight games will kick-off as early as 12noon on Saturdays, with some other weekend fixtures moved to Monday night.

This presents a significant problem for some groups of travelling supporters, who will be unable to either get to the game or get home on public transport following fixtures.

“Supporters are once again being asked to spend more of their time traipsing across the country to meet broadcasters’ needs at ridiculous times,” an FSF statement said.

Newcastle fans will have to travel long distances on late kick-offs (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)
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“Three more games are also being broadcast in September this season than were last season.

“There are so many examples which put fans out it’s difficult to know where to begin, although TV’s efforts in giving Newcastle United fans 4pm Sunday kick-offs at Swansea City and Brighton stand out.

“Other trips which will sting supporters include Manchester City’s trips to both Brighton on Saturday evening and Bournemouth on a Saturday lunchtime, Huddersfield Town at West Ham United on a Monday night, and Spurs’ trip to Newcastle for a 1.30pm Sunday start.”

Huddersfield fans will have to face some long journeys (Image: Huddersfield Examiner)
Manchester City face some late games at the other end of the country (Image: Getty Images Europe)

Katrina Law of Spurs Trust, who sits on the FSF’s kick-off times working group, said: “Today’s announcement sees yet more inconvenience for match-going fans at the hands of the Premier League, Sky and BT Sport.

“It is clear there is still a long way to go before fans are properly considered by broadcasters and acknowledged as both integral to the success of the game and their product.

“We continue to call for urgent all-party consultation with the Premier League, broadcasters and fan organisations on this issue.”

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