Disgrace: Chelsea and West Ham supporters trusts blast EPL over fixture change

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Chelsea and West Ham Supporters’ Trusts have released a joint statement criticising the Premier League as the clash between the teams was moved following the announcement of European fixtures.

It was announced on Saturday that the match would be moved to Saturday, September 3rd, after originally being scheduled to be one of the televised games on Sunday, September 4th. However, both sets of supporters are still awaiting the announcement for the time that the match will be played.

The groups suggest fans are being ‘treated with complete contempt’, noting that with just one week’s notice that many will have already bought tickets and booked accommodation and travel. The call for the Premier League and broadcasters to resolve the issues as a matter of urgency.

Their statement read: “The Chelsea Supporters’ Trust and The West Ham United Supporters’ Trust are appalled, yet not surprised, at the predictable farce surrounding the scheduling for the fixture this weekend.

“It was totally unacceptable for the fixture date to be altered with only a week’s notice. However, the broadcasting companies and the Premier League have still not confirmed the kick-off time – this is a disgrace.

“All parties have been aware since the fixtures were announced in June that this game may have to be moved due to UEFA clashes. It is unacceptable that a comprehensive contingency plan was not created in advance to avoid the existing situation. The lack of planning and foresight has had an awful impact on supporters.

“Tickets have been bought, the accommodation has been booked, travel has been paid for, and plans have been confirmed. For supporters to not know the kick-off time five days in advance is deeply unacceptable.

“Supporters are being treated with complete contempt.

“This issue must be solved as a matter of urgency.”

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