Plans to stage Premier League matches on Christmas Eve have been abandoned following a backlash from supporters opposed to the timing of the fixtures.
Television broadcasters were considering the possibility of staging the Arsenal versus Liverpool clash on 24 December with a 4pm kick-off. This game will now take place on Friday 22 December at 7.45pm.
The proposal for Arsenal to host Liverpool on Christmas Eve was met with anger from fans of the Merseyside club and concerns about the availability of transport back to the north west that evening. Arsenal also feared they would be unable to steward the game in a safe and proper manner.
“There will be no Premier League fixtures on Sunday 24 December. Four matches have been selected for live UK coverage that weekend, with three to be televised on Saturday 23 December,” read a Premier League statement.
Everton’s showdown with Chelsea at Goodison Park, Tottenham’s trip to face Burnley at Turf Moor and Manchester United’s game at Leicester City are the games on 23 December which do not have a 3pm kick-off.