The Rio Report

Sky and BT stitch up travelling fans before season begins

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The Premier League's two British broadcasters have never been shy about riding roughshod over fans when it comes to kick-off times.

But they usually wait until the season is up and running before ordering the league to switch times about in order to suit the purposes of their shows.

This time, however, they have delivered the bad news to fans over a month before the new Premier League season kicks off - by changing a string of kick-off times

The changes, which were rubber-stamped by the league on Monday, will make it impossible for travelling fans to get the train to and from 11 matches between August and November, according to calculations printed in the Daily Mail.

Chelsea fans have the worst of it: their games against Burnley (Monday 18th August), Everton (Saturday 30th August) and Sunderland (Saturday 29th November) all start so late that fans will need to factor in an overnight stay if they need to get the train back home.

Southampton fans will face two problem matches: their late Monday match at Aston Villa on November 3, while their game at Liverpool early on the afternoon of Sunday 17th starts just a few minutes after the first train of the day from Southampton pulls in to Lime Street, according to the paper.

Newcastle, Arsenal, West Ham, Leicester and Sunderland fans will also be affectfed.

The affected matches

Sunday August 17: Liverpool v Southampton (1.30pm)

Monday August 18: Burnley v Chelsea (8pm)

Saturday August 23: Aston Villa v Newcastle (12.45pm)

Saturday August 23: Everton v Arsenal (5.30pm)

Saturday August 30: Everton v Chelsea (5.30pm)

Monday September 15: Hull City v West Ham (8pm)

Monday September 29: Stoke v Newcastle (8pm)

Saturday October 25: Swansea v Leicester (5.30pm)

Monday November 3: Crystal Palace v Sunderland (8pm)

Monday November 24: Aston Villa v Southampton (8pm)

Saturday November 29: Sunderland v Chelsea (5.30pm)

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