The December TV fixture list announcement has been delayed as Premier League clubs are locked in crisis talks with broadcasters.
The TV giants were hoping to announce next month’s games on Tuesday but clubs have been contesting the pile-up of fixtures, which has caused an untimely delay.
According to The Mirror, confirmation is expected later this week but a number of clubs are fuming that they face the prospect of playing three games in seven days.
Some could even play twice in the space of 72 hours, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp among the high-profile figures to already publicly slam this season’s gruelling schedule.
The December TV fixture list announcement has been delayed
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Sky Sports are pencilled in for the pick of the Boxing Day games, while Amazon and BT Sport have December 28th and New Year’s Day respectively.
But all games are being shown live, meaning the TV giants are trying to move dates to squeeze them all in, and that has left some of the bigger clubs furious.
The top-flight’s giants, for example, have regularly voiced concern over playing in Europe on Wednesday night and then having to play in the Saturday lunchtime clash.
Talks are ongoing, although broadcasters are believed to be annoyed at the public criticism aimed at them by the likes of Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp has publicly slammed this season’s gruelling schedule
“It was never about us when I talked about it, it was about all the players. If you don’t start talking to BT [Sport] we are all done,” Klopp told Sky Sports
“Sky and BT have to talk because if we keep playing on Wednesday and Saturday [at] 12:30, I’m not sure if we will finish the season with 11 players.
“I know you [the broadcasters] don’t care and that’s the problem. We’ve discussed it for a long time and nothing’s happened.
“I don’t talk about Liverpool, I talk about all the football…