Chelsea join Liverpool in expressing concern about Christmas Eve football fixtures

Chelsea officials have echoed Jurgen Klopp in expressing concern about Christmas Eve fixtures

Chelsea and Liverpool could both be forced into 200-mile trips on Christmas Eve

Friday, October 6, 2017

Chelsea have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool in expressing concern about plans to stage matches on Christmas Eve.

It has been suggested that Liverpool will be forced to travel to Arsenal and Chelsea to Everton the day before Christmas - which could mean huge disruption for both sets of supporters.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has already said he dislikes the idea of the Arsenal fixture, which, if confirmed, would leave Liverpool's local fans facing a 200-mile journey fans on Christmas Eve night.

And now Chelsea officials have expressed similar sentiments, backing up a statement given by the club's supporters group.

An official statement read: "The Chelsea Supporters Trust wrote to the club this week expressing its objections to fixtures being scheduled to be played on Christmas Eve, an idea they are opposed to ‘due to the inherent travel difficulties and disruption to what is regarded as sacrosanct family time’.

"The club is sympathetic to our supporters’ objections and it is a subject we have raised with the Premier League."

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, and the Premier League has a full round of fixtures scheduled for the weekend.

Other fixtures taking place in that round include Manchester United's trip to Leicester, Bournemouth's visit to Manchester City and West Ham's home game with Newcastle.

The TV schedule for the weekend of the 23rd/24th has yet to be confirmed - meaning any of the 10 fixtures could be moved to the Sunday.


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