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RAWA Joint Statement with Fulham Supporters’ Trust – 26/04/18

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RAWA Joint Statement with Fulham Supporters’ Trust – 26/04/18

Post  cyprussyd on 2018-04-26, 12:31 pm

RAWA Joint Statement with Fulham Supporters’ Trust – 26/04/18
On the 4th April Fulham FC and Sunderland AFC were advised by the EFL that their fixture scheduled for 28th April at Craven Cottage had been brought forward to the Friday evening TV slot on 27th April, giving the Clubs and their supporters three weeks’ notice of the change.
The EFL reduced the usual 5 week notice period for games on the penultimate weekend of the season, meaning that changes have happened without giving reasonable notice to the Clubs and their supporters.
We realise that late notice for changes to kick off times is not a new problem for supporters, and understand this has become a common occurrence as the number of televised games continues to increase.
The Red and White Army (RAWA) and Fulham Supporters’ Trust (FST) have been contacted by many of their members and the wider supporter base of both Clubs, who are unhappy at this short notice change. Many Fulham fans who had purchased tickets are unable to attend on a Friday, and it will prove particularly costly to many Sunderland fans who had planned to make the long journey south, booking travel and accommodation in advance. It is a kick-in-the-teeth to loyal Sunderland supporters who have already endured a season of absolute misery on and off the pitch.
We call on the EFL, the broadcasters and the Clubs to get their heads together and do more than issue statements of sympathy to supporters caught up in late broadcasting arrangements. The cash injected into the game from TV rights is huge. A vibrant atmosphere plays a major part in the “TV product”. Not only should football recognise a moral obligation to loyal supporters, there is a business case for it too.
Away supporters who have made arrangements to support their team should be compensated when the fixture is changed with such short notice. In the multi-million-pound football industry we think that is not too much to ask.
Tom Greatrex, Chair of the Fulham Supporters’ Trust, said: “This late notice change of kick off time- after many fans had purchased tickets – makes a mockery of the EFL’s warm words about consideration of fans in changing fixtures. While it is inconvenient and frustrating for home fans who cannot make a Friday evening game and will now miss the last home game of what has been an impressive season on the pitch, it is also particularly costly for Sunderland’s travelling fans who had planned to attend one of their longest away trips of the season. There needs to be much more consideration given to the impact on the fans that make the atmosphere which broadcasters market to their subscribers. If there is a dispensation for late changes to the penultimate weekend’s fixtures, there should be dispensation in assisting those fans caught up in it.”

Andrew Hird, Chair of The Red and White Army, noted: “Despite one of the worst seasons in the Club’s history, Sunderland supporters have travelled in their numbers up and down the country. The loyalty and commitment of Sunderland supporters is one of the very few positive aspects in a season that has offered very little on the pitch. Late changes to fixtures are an illustration of how the modern game takes such support for granted. The EFL and broadcasters need to appreciate that changes late in the day impact significantly on supporters of all clubs. If fixtures are the subject of change with little notice, those supporters that are caught up should be recompensed. It’s time football gave something back.”

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Post  Hieronymus on 2018-04-26, 3:39 pm

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