Fixture schedule changes are "unprecedented", say Leicester City
Leicester City said the changes to their fixture schedule were "unprecedented" and they sympathised with the fans.
City's final home game of the season against promotion rivals Watford scheduled for Saturday, April 27, at 3pm was yesterday moved forward to the Friday night to be shown live on Sky TV.
This is the eighth time this season that a home game scheduled for 3pm on a Saturday has been rescheduled after being selected for live TV coverage.
In fact, only seven of City's 23 home league games this season will have been played at 3pm on a Saturday and only one since December 22 - last weekend's defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
The club has issued a statement saying that the reschduling of fixtures is out of their control and there is nothing they can do about it.
The statement said: "The club understands that this has caused some inconvenience for supporters and would, therefore, like to clarify its position with regard to the selection of televised games.
"The Football League's central contract for television rights requires all of its member clubs to accommodate changes to the fixture schedule, based on selections made by its broadcast partners.
"If a Leicester City fixture is selected for live coverage, the club is obliged to play the game at the rescheduled time.
"The club empathises with supporters that have been frustrated by the unprecedented changes to the schedule. With this in mind, we have recently extended a special offer to our loyal season ticket holders, entitling them to a complimentary additional ticket for one of our next three home games against Millwall or Birmingham City or Bolton Wanderers, as a gesture of appreciation for their efforts to accommodate the changes."
The club point out that all Watford tickets purchased for the original date will be valid for the rearranged fixture, or can be refunded, in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale.