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Opposition to proposed Christmas Eve Premier League matches

The Labour Party's Tom Watson MP, the Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, has written to the Premier League's chief executive Richard Scudamore about proposed Christmas Eve games.

Watson in a rare move has urged to reconsider reported proposals to stage matches on Christmas Eve.

Reports suggest Leicester v Manchester United, Arsenal-Liverpool and West Ham-Newcastle could be moved for live TV.

According to BBC Sport, Watson writes that he is concerned fans will be "forced to choose between their loved ones and their team".

The Labour MP's letter to Scudamore, obtained by BBC Sport, adds: "There's a real danger that some travelling fans would not be able to get home until the early hours of Christmas Day, whilst hundreds of stadium staff and workers would be expected to work rather than spending time with their families at this time of year.
 

"I accept that televised football on a Sunday, and over the Christmas period in guise of Boxing Day fixtures are a well-established part of the football calendar but I urge you to recognise the concerns of fans, staff and families."

There has not been a top-flight game held on 24 December for 22 years.

The Premier League is set to announce the televised Christmas fixtures in the week beginning 16 October.

 JB