In recent Chelsea news, the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) and the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust (CST) are strongly opposing the Premier League’s decision to schedule matches on Christmas Eve. This decision has caused quite a stir, especially since Chelsea’s away game against Wolves has been moved to December 24th, breaking a tradition of nearly 30 years without Premier League matches on Christmas Eve.
This change had been rumored earlier in the season, but it became official last week, leading to significant fan backlash and protests. Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino also expressed his dissatisfaction, mentioning that it’s his anniversary on the 23rd and that Christmas Eve is important for Argentine people.
He hopes this will be a one-time occurrence but acknowledges the challenges of changing it. Despite the CST’s calls to reverse the decision, Chelsea announced that they would offer free coach travel to Molineux for ticket holders, acknowledging the limited transport options due to it being Christmas Eve.
The CST remains unsatisfied and still aims for the game to be rescheduled. They are scheduled to meet with the Premier League to discuss the matter further.
The FSA has confirmed that they have put pressure on the Premier League, with supporter groups from all 20 Premier League clubs calling for a reversal of the decision to hold a Christmas Eve match. They emphasize that Boxing Day football is a long-standing tradition and an essential part of the football calendar.
The FSA’s concern goes beyond this one match; they want to prevent such scheduling from becoming a norm, as it may lead to more significant disruptions in the future.
As of now, Chelsea fans are awaiting further information regarding ticketing for the fixture.