No late Christmas Eve kick off for Newcastle, West Ham

No late Christmas Eve kick off for Newcastle, West Ham

A Christmas Eve Premier League fixture is also likely to put extra strain on emergency services, and make travel hard for fans.

Quite amusing (and annoying) that the Premier League are clearly going to have live TV games on Christmas Eve and then try to make out they are doing us a favour by having the matches at noon and/or 1.30pm/2pm, rather than 4pm.

Only once in Premier League history has a game ever been played on Christmas Eve.

"We welcome this development in guaranteeing there will be no 4pm kick-offs on Christmas Eve", said the FSF's chief executive, Kevin Miles.

Sky Sports are considering moving Arsenal v Liverpool - plus potentially one other match - from Saturday December 23 to the following day.

Members from 20 fan groups and representatives from the Football Supporters' Federation met with Scudamore on Tuesday morning and received the pledge.

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

Sky, whose demands are obliged to be met by the Premier League with slot times pre-agreed in the £11million-per-game contract, initially pushed for the fixture as Christmas Eve falls on "Super Sunday". More midweek & Bank Holiday games broadcast.

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.

Discussions are ongoing over plans to play Arsenal's home clash against Liverpool on Christmas Eve, with the time slot of 12.30pm emerging as a likely compromise. Any game played on Christmas Eve is now expected to be scheduled for a 12pm or 2pm kickoff.

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