Aston Villa vs Manchester United: Why is the Premier League fixture on a Friday night?

The match kicks off at 7.45pm at Villa Park

James Orr
Thursday 13 August 2015 11:07
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A view outside Villa Park
A view outside Villa Park

Aston Villa's Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Villa Park will be played this coming Friday,14th August.

The match was originally billed as Sky’s Saturday Night Football 5.30pm fixture, but has been rescheduled because of policing concerns due to a planned English Defence League march in Walsall city centre the same day.

The game could not be played on Sunday, as United face Club Brugge on Tuesday night in the Champions League play-off.

A Premier League statement said: “The second match-round of the 2015-16 season includes Aston Villa v Manchester United scheduled for live broadcast on Sky Sports at 7.45pm on Friday 14 August 2015. A Saturday 5.30pm kick-off was initially suggested for this match and West Midlands police confirmed that, under normal circumstances, that would be acceptable.

“However, due to a planned English Defence League march that will take place in the region on Saturday 15 August, and will require police resource, they requested that the Premier League consider avoiding scheduling the match on that date. Manchester United’s participation in the Champions League, and a potential European match the following Tuesday, means that a Sunday slot could not be scheduled with any certainty.”

The Football League have also moved Wolves' clash with Hull City at Molineux back 24 hours.

It is expected that this will be the only Premier League Friday night match this season.

However, around 10 Friday night Premier League matches will be broadcast live from next season as a result of the latest rights deal, agreed in February, which runs until the end of the 2018-19 season.

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