Liverpool fans call on Sky to avoid Christmas Eve tie

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by Stephen Chapman

Liverpool fans could be travelling home on Christmas Day, should Sky Sports force the club to move its fixture against Arsenal.

The away game, currently scheduled for 23rd December, is being considered by Sky as one of its televised games on Christmas Eve.

However, the last train from Euston station leaves at 9.21pm and arrives at Lime Street on Christmas Day.

Supporters group, Spirit of Shankly said that this would have “untold impact” on staff and supporters.

“Depending on kick-off time, and depleted public transport links, the majority of travelling Liverpool supporters would not get home until the early hours of Christmas morning,” it said in a statement.

“SOS are contacting relevant personnel to put forward our case that it is completely unacceptable to expect fans to travel for a match at this time. The suggestion of such a change again shows zero regard for supporters – much like the corresponding fixture where Euston station was closed over Bank Holiday weekend.

The importance of Sky to the Premier League is underlined by the fact that in the new broadcasting deal, it pays around £10m for each televised game.