Liverpool and Arsenal's Christmas Eve clash set for 12.30 kickoff?


In an official statement (see below), the Premier League have confirmed that the above is the case - saying that Richard Scudamore "was unable to comment regarding earlier kick-off times on that date (Christmas Eve) as discussions between the Premier League and the clubs are ongoing".

Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday this year, when Sky usually broadcast one of their four live Premier League games a week.

Supporters have raised concerns over plans for Arsenal to play Liverpool at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

"I know that we have to adapt to the schedule dictated by TV", Wenger said.

The FSF described the proposal as "a new low point in putting the interests of football broadcasters over those of match-going fans".

On Tuesday morning, fan representatives from supporters trusts and the FSF (Football Supporters Federation) met Richard Scudamore, with Premier League Christmas fixtures one of the subjects under discussion.

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"We are starting to establish a basis for genuine dialogue", he added.

Leicester Tigers can not move their game because the match with Saracens is being broadcast live on BT Sport.

The Premier League later confirmed Scudamore's promise to fans.

Under the current broadcasting arrangements, Sky can not move its pick to 23 December at 17.30 GMT, as that spot on Saturday afternoon is one of the reserved slots for BT Sport.

"I would prefer to be at home on Christmas night and celebrating". Any game played on Christmas Eve is now expected to be scheduled for a 12pm or 2pm kickoff.

There has not been a Premier League game on Christmas Eve since the 1995-96 season, when Leeds United beat Manchester United 3-1 at Elland Road.