Liverpool Could Kick Off At 12:30pm On Christmas Eve

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In the lead-up to the meeting, there were widespread rumours and concerns at the suggestion that games on Saturday 23 December could be moved to Christmas Eve for live TV coverage.

Wenger admits he club's have to accept the decision, but has warned Sky Sports that there should be no kick-off before 2pm.

In an official statement (see below), the Premier League have confirmed that the above is the case - saying that Richard Scudamore "was unable to comment regarding earlier kick-off times on that date (Christmas Eve) as discussions between the Premier League and the clubs are ongoing".

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore accepted that the idea was nonsensical after fan backlash, with the main issue being travel over the festive period, as public services are limited. Any game played on Christmas Eve is now expected to be scheduled for a 12pm or 2pm kickoff.

"Personally I would prefer to be at my home and celebrate Christmas, but I still feel that could happen if we played early on [Christmas Eve]", the Frenchman added.

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"But that isn't considered any more".

Scudamore was at a meeting with the Football Supporters' Federation (FSF) in London this week and despite the details being kept secret, the Premier League are thought to be keen to not show live 3pm matches. "TV rights, KO times, standing, security", said a statement posted by FSF's Twitter account.

"December PL TV picks will be announced 19 Oct but Xmas Eve games and beyond take another week to confirm".

Under new plans for the broadcasting of England's top-flight, the Premier League want to offer more choice to their viewers in a commitment to Ofcom.

The next United Kingdom television deal could see multiple Premier League matches screened at the same time.

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