Aston Villa fans are up in arms after Sky Sports announced the Christmas clash between the Villans and Leeds United has been pushed back to Sunday, December 23.
The English Football League had originally scheduled the game for Saturday, December 22 but the division’s television broadcasting partner has taken the decision to show the match on Sunday lunchtime instead and bring kick-off to 1:30pm.
The Birmingham Mail understands the change will see the Lions recoup £120,000 while the visiting side gets £10,000 at a fixed rate for use of facilities and a change of date.
Aston Villa were a favourite side of Sky last season with 19 of the Villans’ 46 Championship games shown on the platform, netting the Birmingham side £840,000 in the process.
Leeds United versus the claret and blue side has proved to be an even more key fixture for the broadcaster, who have already selected it for live coverage four times in the last two years.
However, the marginal boost in income for the club has done little to generate support amongst fans, many of whom had already arranged time off work and travel plans.
This is what some fans have had to say on Twitter…
@SkyUK @SkySportsNews @SkyBetChamp would you please stop picking #avfc and #LUFC for tv…
You are destroying fans ability to follow and support their club with your constant interfering of fixtures…
It’s not funny and has real personal and financial implications for fans..
— Villain (@Villain1982) November 9, 2018
Absolutely disgusting. Brought a season ticket and made arrangements around the fixtures set by @EFL. Every game missed because of sky changing things means the cost per game goes up. There ought to be refunds for those that can’t make it. #disgusting #FridayFeeling #AVFC
— Villa Fan (@VillaFan1975) November 9, 2018
Thanks to $ky $ports our game has been set back 24 hours v Leeds to Sunday 23rd. It was set to be 3pm Saturday. Right royally buggering up xmas plans for many. #avfc #utv Gets a bit boring doesn’t it the lack of Saturday 3pm matches?
— Vital Villa (@VitalVilla) November 9, 2018
Thanks a lot for this. Was going to take my youngest daughter to her first villa game for this match as her mum and other sisters are doing something else this day but now looks like we can’t go now as busy in the Sunday ? not a marry Xmas
— ian wilkinson (@ianrjwilkinson) November 9, 2018
Welcome to my world mate. Sky really do my head in. You can’t plan anything going to the Villa these days
— Craig Fudger (@CraigFudger) November 8, 2018
Sky Sports Villa ???♂️ https://t.co/qdxOV7CukD
— Ben Gough (@Benji1407) November 8, 2018
Same. I have a 220 mile round trip, so not inconvenient at all as you say
— Guy Bradley (@GuyBradley) November 8, 2018