Leicester City fans angry after final home game moved from Saturday
Fans and players have vented their frustration at the decision to move Leicester City's last home league game of the season.
The Watford clash was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 27, but has been brought forward to Friday, April 26, for coverage on Sky Sports.
This means last weekend's 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sheffield Wednesday was the last home league game at 3pm on a Saturday this season – and their only one since December 22 against Cardiff.
City have had eight home Championship games moved for television coverage this season and only seven home league games have been played at 3pm on a Saturday.
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On the Mercury website, thisisleicestershire.co.uk, readers have condemned the decision.
"Totally disgusted by this," commented WitneyFox. "I paid up front for my season ticket as I love going to matches on a Saturday.
"I no longer live in Leicester so can't do midweek games, or they are at least very difficult. I can't believe they've moved this one too."
Johnnylcfc will not be renewing his season ticket for the next campaign.
"Really can't believe this has happened again," he commented.
"We travel from Boston, in Lincolnshire, my son is only 12, and I'm afraid I don't want to be returning home at 1am.
"I've had a season ticket for a few years now but I definitely will not renew next season, promotion or not."
City defender Sean St Ledger tweeted: "Disappointing to see no more Saturday games at the King Power. That's what football is all about! Although night games do have a good feel about them."
Stu Teasdale, however, had sympathy with the club's position.
He tweeted: "There are a lot of fans on here annoyed about all the Friday night games, me included, but it's not the club's decision, it's Sky's."
In the wake of the decision, the club released a statement to clarify its position on games selected for television coverage.
"If a Leicester City fixture is selected for live coverage, the club is obliged to play the game at the rescheduled time unless the Safety Advisory Group determines that there are justifiable safety reasons for objection," it read.
"The club empathises with supporters that have been frustrated by the unprecedented changes to the schedule.
"With this in mind, the club has offered season-ticket holders a complimentary ticket for one of their next three home games against Millwall or Birmingham City or Bolton Wanderers."
DavidW commented on the Mercury website: "I would prefer a discount on my season ticket, rather than a complimentary ticket.
"Where would my friend sit as all the seats around me are taken up by season-ticket holders? Season-ticket holders buy their tickets in good faith and on the basis that most matches will be played according to the fixture list published, only to find out they cannot make the game that they have paid for up front because it as been rearranged by the TV companies."