EPL Fixture Changes Make Fan Train Travel Impossible For 11 Games On Sky, BT Sport
Football fans "are once again bearing the brunt of changes to the Premier League fixture schedule by Sky and BT Sport," according to Charlie Skillen of the London DAILY MAIL. The TV duo released changes to kick-off times for every weekend up until the end of November, "leaving many travelling supporters frustrated." A large minority of the changes "leave it impossible for fans of the away side travelling on the train to either get to the host town or city in time for an early kick-off, or get home after an evening game." Monday night matches "are the worst culprits in the revised list, with five of the seven announced fixtures leaving train-travelling fans stranded in the host city, including Hull City vs West Ham on September 15 and Crystal Palace vs Sunderland on November 3." Chelsea’s traveling contingent "have it worst with three of their matches being late kick-offs at Burnley, Everton and Sunderland." A spokesperson for the Football Supporters’ Federation said, "Match-going fans come too far down the list of priorities when matches are selected for TV. Every season there are examples of games being moved to times which are extremely difficult for traveling fans" (DAILY MAIL, 7/15).