Sunderland and Reading’s postponed Premier League match is now set for December, due to UEFA regulations which mean top tier league competition cannot take place on weekdays when the Champions League and Europa League are taking place.
Black Cats manager Martin O’Neill has called for the Premier League to support the clubs’ efforts for the game to be played in October.
An extra match during December would see the most testing period in terms of fixtures become even more strenuous for the two teams. Six fixtures are set for every Premier League club in December including three between December 22 and 29.
O’Neill told the Daily Mail: “There have been discussions between the two clubs and the Premier League but we can’t play games in a European week which means the only time would be in December where there is only 58 games in 31 days.
“It is absolutely extraordinary and it would be really ludicrous to move it to December and the worst possible outcome, when we are already overloaded. It would not be fair on the players in particular, particularly when they are always talking about injuries due to the amount of games.”