The Premier League will begin any Christmas Eve matches before 4 PM in England.

Last week the FSF described the prospect of fixtures being moved from Saturday 23 December to Christmas Eve to be broadcast by Sky Sports as “a new low point in putting the interests of football broadcasters over those of match-going fans.”

“We welcome this development in guaranteeing there will be no 4pm kick-offs on Christmas Eve,” said FSF’s CEO, Kevin Miles. “While we understand that it is a normal working day for many, the complications Christmas Eve brings, not least with the provision of public transport, means that a late afternoon or evening kick-off would be impossible for many supporters.”