Published: Fri, October 20, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

No Christmas Eve fixtures for English top flight

No Christmas Eve fixtures for English top flight

Sky Sport has eventually decided against moving back any of the fixtures originally scheduled for Saturday, December 23, to Sunday, December 24, following lengthy discussions with clubs, fans and the Premier League.

Other fixtures in the schedule include Newcastle United vs Leicester City on December 9th, Southampton vs Arsenal on December 10th and Huddersfield Town vs defending champions Chelsea on December 12th.

Three games will be broadcast live on Saturday December 23 - including Everton v Chelsea at 12.30pm and Leicester v Manchester United at 7.45pm. Four matches have been selected for live United Kingdom coverage that weekend, with three to be televised on Saturday 23 December.

Arsenal had feared they would not be able to get a safety certificate for a 4pm kick-off as they would lack staff who would be willing to work then.

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Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore said the timing of the Christmas holiday this year had made scheduling complicated.

"When selecting matches, the broadcasters are using the rights that we the Premier League and the clubs have sold them, and they should therefore not be criticised for doing so".

Jurgen Klopp's side were mooted for a controversial Christmas Eve trip to the Emirates Stadium, but a backlash from supporters' groups prompted a rethink.

And on that front, despite that Liverpool's travelling fans won't have to worry about how to make it home from London on Christmas Eve now, some set of supporters still might as the idea of a Christmas Eve game hasn't been entirely ruled out despite the news that it won't be Liverpool's.

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