Your basket

Join The FSA

Leicester fans plan protest against late fixture move

This is a story from the FSF archive – the FSF and Supporters Direct merged to become the FSA in 2019 – so this page may contain hyperlinks that do not work and/or have missing files. Our archived pages are not maintained and will not be updated.

If you are seeking a document regarding training or the development of your supporters’ organisation, please visit the live training and resource section of our website. if you need further assistance email: [email protected]

Leicester City fan group, and FSF associate, Union FS say they will be protesting against the decision to move their away game against Arsenal with only three weeks notice.

Despite Premier League rules saying that TV fixtures should be chosen six weeks in advance, the Arsenal vs Leicester City fixture for a Saturday 3pm kick-off has been moved to a Sunday for TV broadcast.

Reacting to the announcement, Union FS said they are planning to demonstrate at the Emirates Stadium – including banners and boycotting the first five minutes of the game, as Bayern Munich fans did at the Emirates earlier this season.

“All football fans are inconvenienced at times and it has sadly become part of our game,” the group said last night. “But in our opinion the actions of Sky Sports on this occasion have gone too far for us not to take action.

“All of those losing out have been unfairly done over by Sky Sports and, by proxy, the lack of protection afforded to fans by the Premier League and its constituent clubs.”

 Union FS is encouraging all Leicester City fans still making the trip to the Emirates to let their feelings be known and support the action.

Arsenal fan groups the Blackscarf Movement expressed their support for the action, urging Arsenal fans to get behind Union FS. “The matchgoing fans – the fabric of the game – are not considered whatsoever,” they said. “It’s not good enough. The change to our fixture with Leicester will now leave many fans out of pocket.

“We fully support this action by Union FS, and would welcome similar from Arsenal supporters at the game, to show that as football fans we’re in this together.”

The Premier League said it is in discussions with both clubs to see what can be done to “help fans affected by this scheduling change”.

The FSF is deeply unhappy that a fixture could be moved at 23 days notice, which is clearly far short of the six weeks required by the Premier League’s own guidelines.

Consequently, we are demanding that fans left out of pocket by this fixture change are compensated – whether because of travel costs, hotel arrangements, or simply being unable to make the new fixture date.

Thanks to Action Images for the image used in this article.

Related Articles

York City Supporters Trust criticise late TV fixture move

York City Supporters Trust have issued an open letter expressing concern over the decision to move their away fixture at Boreham Wood for TV broadcast, appealing to the league and broadcaster to ‘mitigate the impact on our fans’.

Arsenal vs Chelsea late fixture change an “insult to supporters”

Today it was announced that Arsenal’s upcoming game against Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium has been moved with just over two weeks notice in a move described as “insulting” by fan groups.

Burnley-Luton fixture move “unacceptable”

Luton Town’s trip to Turf Moor this month has been moved with just five days’ notice following their draw in the FA Cup on Sunday – an “unacceptable” move say Burnley fans that once again highlights the serious problem with “conditional” TV selections.

UEFA announces plan to refund Liverpool fans caught up in final chaos

European football’s governing body say they will begin refunding Liverpool fans who were caught up in the chaotic and unsafe scenes outside the Stade de France before the Champions League final last May.

Funding partners

  • The Football Association
  • Premier Leage Fans Fund


  • Gamble Aware
  • Co-operatives UK
  • FSE
  • Kick It Out
  • Level Playing Field
  • Living Wage Foundation
  • Pledgeball