Fans' fury at late Arsenal v Leicester fixture change prompts Premier League response

 
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On the outside: Fans are being urged to boycott the first five minutes of the game (Source: Getty)

Leicester fans are planning to boycott the start of next month's Premier League fixture at Arsenal after it was rescheduled with just 23 days' notice.

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The match had originally been planned to go ahead at 3pm on Saturday 13 February - but has now been rearranged to a lunchtime kick-off the day after.

Leicester have surprised football pundits with an unlikely title challenge that pits their trip to the Emirates Stadium as a possible top of the table clash.

Yet the late rescheduling has disrupted many fans' travelling plans, prompting Leicester supporters' group Union FS to urge followers of the Foxes not to enter the stadium for the first five minutes of the match in protest.

"All football fans are inconvenienced at times and it has sadly become part of our game," Union FS said in a statement.

""But in our opinion the actions of Sky Sports on this occasion have gone too far for us not to take action.

"Why? To make a point that without fans, there is no saleable product. Just 22 blokes kicking a ball around on some nicely cut grass."

In response, the Premier League said it would discuss with both clubs how it could help affected fans.

A Premier League spokesman said: "We always seek to give fans a minimum of six weeks' notice of any fixture changes. It is only on extremely rare occasions we don't meet that aspiration during the normal of course of the season.

"We are currently in discussions with Arsenal and Leicester City to see what can be done to to help fans affected by this scheduling change."

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