Burnley followers travelling to the membership’s away fixture towards Tottenham Hotspur this weekend face a logistical headache with no public transport arriving in time for the rearranged kick-off time of 12pm.
The match was initially scheduled to start out at 2pm however was moved after being chosen for broadcast on BT Sport. Supporters have been solely advised of the change on 12 April.
The earliest trains from Burnley on Sunday 15 Could don’t attain the capital till half an hour into the sport, that means followers wouldn’t have been in a position to attain the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium till effectively into the second half. These making the journey from the north-west must drive the 460-mile, eight-hour spherical journey themselves or journey down the night time earlier than and pay for lodging.
It has left Burnley supporters livid at what they are saying is a disregard for match-going followers. Tony Scholes of the Burnley FC Supporters Group advised i: “It’s an important game for Burnley yet the Premier League have made it as difficult as possible for our Burnley based supporters to attend due to the very early kick-off time on a Sunday.
“This is not the first time we’ve been hit this season; our game at Arsenal in January was put back a day at just 17 days notice, with many having already booked rail tickets that were then of no use.
“Does the Premier League actually care about match-attending supporters? There is little evidence that they do. They seem unable to keep to their own promised dates for releasing fixture changes for television.
“Obviously it’s not just Burnley and recently both Manchester City and Brentford supporters have been hit with kick-off time changes only twelve days before the games.”
The early kick-off time has additionally angered Antonio Conte, who in response to Mikel Arteta’s complaints in regards to the refereeing within the north London derby mentioned: “If we want to complain I can also ask why we have to play again on Sunday at 12 o’clock and Arsenal do not play until Monday night and have one more day’s rest.”
Son Heung-min hit out the scheduling too after scoring one among Spurs’ three objectives towards the Gunners on Thursday night time, saying it was “madness” to be enjoying on Sunday.
“We are playing Thursday night and Sunday with a really early kick-off,” Son advised the Night Customary. “It is a really quick turnaround, we need to do everything to recover: good food, good sleep and get ready to go again.”
The final time the 2 golf equipment performed in February, Burnley received 1-0 in a match rearranged due to heavy snow. After that defeat, Conte had mentioned he couldn’t “continue this way”, which was extensively interpreted as a menace to go away Spurs simply three months after his appointment.
Nevertheless, talking forward of Sunday’s match, he insisted “a lot of things have changed” since then.
“I’m a person, an honest person and I don’t like to tell lies and if I have to go strong, then I go strong,” he mentioned.
“I have to do it completely. I knew this could be positive for the team, for the environment, for the players, for the club. I’m a person who likes to put across my message for every situation, positive or negative.”
Whereas Spurs may title an unchanged group with Davinson Sanchez persevering with in defence instead of the injured Cristian Romero, Burnley are prone to subject an under-strength facet as a consequence of a defensive disaster.
Ben Mee is out and he could possibly be joined by James Tarkowski too, leaving the Clarets’ caretaker boss Mike Jackson with the prospect of fielding Kevin Lengthy, who has made only one league begin this season, and 21-year-old Nathan Collins.
Burnley are seventeenth going into Sunday’s Premier League fixtures, degree on factors (34) with 18th-placed Leeds and solely saved out of the relegation zone by their higher objective distinction, although in addition they have a sport in hand.
i has contacted the Premier League for remark.