Christmas Eve football – latest from PL


West Ham fans still don’t know whether they will face the prospect of a Christmas Eve match following  a meeting at which the issue was discussed with an independent fans organisation.

Instead the PL appear to be hedging their bets and there has to be a possibly they will arriveat some sort of fudged compromise by telling Football Supporters’ Federation no games on the 24th will kick off  later than 4.00pm.

The group said the league’s chief executive Richard Scudamore had told them so at a meeting and that that fixtures including Arsenal v Liverpool nd possibly the Hammers and Newcastle could be moved from 23 September to Christmas Eve for TV.

MP Tom Watson had written to Scudamore urging him to reconsider the proposals. In it he said:  “There’s a real danger that some travelling fans would not be able to get home until the early hours of Christmas Day, whilst hundreds of stadium staff and workers would be expected to work rather than spending time with their families at this time of year.”

According to the FSF, Scudamore also said no games will kick off on Sunday mornings or evenings, while more midweek and bank holiday games will be broadcast on TV.

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Hugh Southon is a lifelong Iron and the founding editor of ClaretandHugh. He is a national newspaper journalist of many years experience and was Bobby Moore's 'ghost' writer during the great man's lifetime. He describes ClaretandHugh as "the Hammers daily newspaper!"

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  • phillyiron says:

    So, it is possible that my wife and I are going to drive on Christmas eve after the game to Bournemouth for the family Christmas! Not going to happen. God help the poor buggers from Newcastle!

  • Bobby1954 says:

    Boycott the game!……we have Westfield telling us when and where we can walk to the Stadium, and SKY! telling us we must have games on Christmas Eve. An empty Stadium is the only way to get the message across!…..COYI!

    • phillyiron says:

      For what it is worth, have just sent the following to E P L.
      Apparently you are considering moving the West Ham game v Newcastle to Christmas Eve. So you expect my wife & I who are Season ticket holders to navigate the Westgate Shopping center, watch the game and then drive to Bournemouth for the family reunion. God help the Newcastle supporters.

      This shows a total disregard for football supporters, without whom, you would not have a business.

      Why don’t you play the game on the moon? I suspect just as many people would turn up to watch.

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