'Most fans pay £30 or less per match'

Cameras could be filming games from 7.45pm kick-offs in the Premier League from 2019

Cameras could be filming games from 7.45pm kick-offs in the Premier League from 2019

In an official statement (see below), the Premier League have confirmed that the above is the case - saying that Richard Scudamore "was unable to comment regarding earlier kick-off times on that date (Christmas Eve) as discussions between the Premier League and the clubs are ongoing".

Arsene Wenger has suggested that Arsenal may have to "adapt" to playing on Christmas Eve.

The FSF had also said that on 19 October December live TV fixtures would be announced but that would be only for the opening three weeks of December, with TV choices for Christmas Eve and the end of December, into January, "possibly" taking another week.

Perhaps the only positive was the promise of no late kick-offs on the day, which would not only be greeted by grumbles from the public and more than likely the players, but also the fans whose travel would become nigh-on impossible should games start late. I would prefer to be at home on Christmas night and celebrating. You wouldn't want to sacrifice your evening with your family.

Scudamore was at a meeting with the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) in London this week and despite the details being kept secret, the Premier League are thought to be keen to not show live 3pm matches.

Richard Scudamore the Premier League executive chairman spoke to supporters on Tuesday
Richard Scudamore the Premier League executive chairman spoke to supporters on Tuesday

Supporters have raised concerns over plans for Arsenal to play Liverpool at 4pm on Christmas Eve.

The importance of away fans has also been recognised by clubs with the £30 cap on away ticket prices, which came into being in 2016/17, in place for this season and next. 6 [sic] week notice period to meet. More midweek & Bank Holiday games broadcast.

However, Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore insists they will trial two matches being shown at the same time, firstly with mid-week fixtures.

The Times claim the Premier League are exploring the possibility of showing two matches at the same time to enhance the viewing experience for supporters.

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