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Fan groups hit out at Premier League over latest broadcast delays

Supporters groups from 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 covering the busy Christmas and New Year periods were due to be published by Friday 11th October, but at the time of publishing were 13 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.

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.

And over the weekend, supporter groups across the league criticised the latest delay.

TV delays, what fans say

Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust:
Nearly 2 weeks on, televised fixtures for the festive and New Year period still haven’t been released. Premier League get your act together. Fans can’t plan their travel arrangements and we deserve better!

Wolves 1877 Trust:
We, like many supporters groups, are deeply concerned that the festive and New Year period fixtures except for Boxing Day haven’t yet been finalised; 12 days after they ought to have been by the Premier League.

Fans NEED time to fully plan ahead and make the relevant arrangements on accommodation and travel and balancing family commitments over the festive period. This waiting time is totally unacceptable and the Premier League must confirm times and dates ASAP.

West Ham United Supporters’ Trust:
Now 10 days late – lack of consideration for supporters is unacceptable – we deserve better than this- football is nothing without match going fans.

Arsenal Supporters’ Trust:
The fixtures for Boxing Day & the New Year’s period were supposed to be confirmed 10 days ago. We’re still waiting for news from the Premier League – fans need to plan ahead, transport, & hotel all while balancing their family commitments over the festive period.

Newcastle United Supporters Trust:
10 days.

That’s how long the Premier League are passed their own announcement date for fixtures at Christmas and in January.

At one of the most expensive times of the year, fixtures being released on time is vital. More must be done by the league, clubs and broadcasters.

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