'Disgusting' Liverpool, Arsenal & Aston Villa decision slammed in Newcastle United fan statement

Fans of Newcastle United hold up banners reading 'Tv Before Fans' and 'Green Football Weekend' during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St. James Park. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)Fans of Newcastle United hold up banners reading 'Tv Before Fans' and 'Green Football Weekend' during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St. James Park. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
Fans of Newcastle United hold up banners reading 'Tv Before Fans' and 'Green Football Weekend' during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Luton Town at St. James Park. (Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The Newcastle United statement relates to kick-off times against Liverpool, Fulham, Aston Villa and Arsenal.

Newcastle United fans have hit out at the TV companies for the 'disgusting' late kick-off times since the turn of the year.

In a flag display prior to the Magpies' Premier League clash against Luton Town at St James' Park, there was banner reading "TV before fans". The games that had been impacted - Liverpool on New Year's Day, Fulham on January 27, Aston Villa on January 30 and Arsenal on February 24 - were named.

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Fan group Wor Flags, who were behind the movement, then posted a powerful statement on social media.

It read "today's display in the Gallowgate is dedicated to highlighting the disgusting kick-off times that have been afforded to us by broadcasters in both the Premier League and The FA Cup since the turn of the year, making a mockery of the Green Football Weekend which is being celebrated by certain broadcasters.

"Newcastle United fans are some of the most passionate and loyal fans around, dedicated to following our team around the country. It is that dedication and passion that is completely taken for granted by TV companies and football's governing bodies. To date, we have only had one Saturday 3pm kick-off away from home this season.

"The cost of being a football fan is getting ever greater, with increased costs on trains, buses and fuel for cars making it an expensive venture, yet the incessant attitude of putting match-going fans last is putting huge strain on supporters.

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"Whilst we still fill away ends, we have not forgotten about those fans priced out by the greed in the game, those who made English football so attractive to the world audience.

"Late announcements of games to suit broadcasters and those watching on TV has a huge impact on the fans they all claim are the lifeblood of the game.

"We are calling on broadcasters, the Premier League, The FA and the clubs to do more for match-going fans. Stop with the unsociable kick-off times, make it fairer for fans travelling and stop your greed."

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