Newcastle United fans have been left raging after it was revealed April’s game away at Everton has been moved in order to be broadcast by Sky Sports.
The Magpies confirmed on Thursday that the visit to Goodison Park has been switched to a Monday night game on the 23rd April, with an 8pm kickoff, via their official Twitter account and official website.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) March 22, 2018
However, the decision for the 354 mile round trip, which would take an estimated three-and-a-half hours by car, to be changed to the Monday has been met with venom by the Newcastle supporters, who have once again been inconvenienced as a result of Sky’s demands.
They took to Twitter to slam the move, with many asking whether travel tickets will be reimbursed by the broadcaster, the club confirming refunds will be handed out to fans who now cannot make the trip.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
An absolute joke. It shouldn't be allowed.
— Alex Scott (@AScott84) March 22, 2018
@premierleague @ @SkySports are a disgrace!!! Tickets have been on sale for 2-3 weeks, now you change this fixture which causes no end of issues for those who book travel/ accommodation for this! I for one can now NOT make this game FFS! Well done, another Monday at Goodison ????????
— Ads (@Adam_W48) March 22, 2018
This is OUTRAGEOUS. People have booked hotels and trains. WTF are @SkySports playing at???
— Burnsie ⚽ NUFC ⚽ (@BenArfaChance) March 22, 2018
Are you refunding people their hotels and train ticket costs too?
— chris (@lownds9) March 22, 2018
Personally feel every nufc fan should ask for a refund and boycott the game absolute disgrace yet again
— mark crowe (@marknufc9) March 22, 2018
Terrible decision by sky. No regard at all to fans who have already booked time off/accommodation trains etc
— Kerry Thompson (@KerryThompson02) March 22, 2018
— Mathew Whittaker (@MatWhittaker20) March 22, 2018
The reverse fixture at St James’ Park finished 1-0 to Everton thanks to Wayne Rooney’s strike, which came after a clanger by Karl Darlow, while Jonjo Shelvey received a red card for a second booking late on.
The change means the game comes between the Magpies’ home games against Arsenal and West Brom.
In other Newcastle United news, the club must sideswipe their rivals for a top flight freebie to fill a weak link at the club.