Everton's clash with Liverpool on 7th February was put back to 5.30pm for live television coverage but both the council and local police are uncomfortable with late weekend games.
"An evening kick-off time at a weekend is undoubtedly the most challenging and gives us the least chance of meeting our responsibilities," a police report stated.
"It is for this reason we, the police, have specifically requested that this fixture should have a lunchtime kick-off."
The BBC report that the Premier League may face legal action to get the match moved.
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1 Posted 23/12/2014 at 17:26:54
2 Posted 23/12/2014 at 17:25:44
ItÂs bad enough that the fans never have a 3pm Saturday home match anymore without the local constabulary trying to force another daft early kick off to subdue the atmosphere even further.
3 Posted 23/12/2014 at 17:25:41
Its backward thinking like this, pre-empting trouble, that creates a negative attitude towards football fans. A bit like how booze is readily available and being guzzled down by fans in their seats at rugby and cricket matches, but is forbidden within football grounds, well at least in your seat. Fucking social class profiling is what it is.
4 Posted 23/12/2014 at 17:40:42
5 Posted 23/12/2014 at 18:01:46
6 Posted 23/12/2014 at 18:51:32
7 Posted 23/12/2014 at 18:55:44
8 Posted 23/12/2014 at 19:38:08
9 Posted 23/12/2014 at 21:18:41
Yes, the police do police Â– and do it well... despite a Bullington Club of nasty posh boys determined to smash them and therefore the security of our local communities Â– which includes all those around Goodison Park.
Have you ever been away with the Blues abroad? How about Lille? Now thatÂs a police force you might have something to complain about.
10 Posted 23/12/2014 at 21:46:19
11 Posted 23/12/2014 at 21:36:08
It represents over an extra 2-4 hours drinking time on this game compared to previously scheduled times. That, in itself, irrespective of the match, increases the possibility of trouble.
But, of course, this is moneybags TV controlling things. And what do they care about any other issues?
13 Posted 24/12/2014 at 08:42:42
15 Posted 24/12/2014 at 09:42:38
Incidentally, I don't recall them having a problem with last seasons game at Anfield being a night game, but I suppose the fact it was played on a Tuesday in January was down to them in the first place. Interesting to see they are the ones insisting on lunchtime kick offs isn't it. No doubt if they had their way we wouldn't play derbies at all and would just give both clubs 2 points instead every season.
16 Posted 24/12/2014 at 12:48:58
17 Posted 05/01/2015 at 13:37:35
18 Posted 05/01/2015 at 13:54:02
19 Posted 05/01/2015 at 14:25:19
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