Liverpool’s game against Leicester City on Boxing Day looks set to be announced as an 8pm kick-off.
Amazon Prime will be streaming 9 fixtures live on Thursday 26th December over 4 separate kick-off times and Liverpool’s game at Leicester City is down for 8pm, a development that has angered supporters of both clubs due to public transport issues. The other games will kick-off at 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm while Amazon will show Wolves vs Manchester City live on the 27th.
Spirit of Shankly and other fan groups around the country are angry at the way the schedules have been handled.
SOS commented: “Our biggest concern is that our Boxing Day fixture away at Leicester City could be 8pm — that’s awful — with public transport difficulties, the expense, late returns and beyond.”
The Football Supporters’ Federation said: “Supporters groups from the across the country have expressed their anger at the Premier League and its broadcasters for the latest delay in releasing TV fixtures.
“The TV selections for December and January were due to be published by Friday 11th October, but at the time of publishing are five days late. This has meant many fans wanting to book travel to games in the busy December period are potentially losing out on cheaper travel options.
“Broadcasters’ impact on supporters, leaving match-going fans out of pocket on numerous occasions last season, has been a growing problem in recent years as the number of televised games has increased.
“Premier League officials have been unable to provide a concrete date or time for the TV fixtures announcement, despite requests from the FSA and various club-specific fan groups.
“The FSA convenes regular supporter engagement meetings with the Premier League, and this subject is sure to be high on the agenda again at the next meeting.”
Amazon Prime has paid £90million over 3 years to show 20 matches a season.
- The Football Supporters’ Federation and Supporters Direct recently joined forces to become the Football Supporters’ Association. They are the national, unified group campaigning for a better deal for fans and promoting supporter ownership at all levels.