Pundit slams 'unfair' Premier League announcement as Newcastle fans hit by crushing blow
Frank McAvennie has blasted the Premier League and TV companies after the latest changes to the Newcastle United schedule.
The former West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as the Toon Army berated the new fixture list.
It was announced on Wednesday that Newcastle will face Arsenal away in a 12.30pm kick-off and Brighton away in a 17.30pm kick-off.
Newcastle fans face a 650-mile round trip for the Brighton clash and could struggle to find transport back home after the game.
The 550-mile round trip to Arsenal will see fans leave the North East in the early hours of the morning as they follow their team.
McAvennie insists something has to be done as asking Magpies fans to travel so far at awkward times is simply not fair.
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“Someone needs to say ‘you can’t do this, it’s not fair,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“Someone needs to tell these TV companies that they can’t do this, it’s unfair. The games end late and night and they won’t be able to get home.
“I don’t get it. It’s common sense that the league and the TV contracts could sort that out. Someone needs to stick up for Newcastle.
“It happens in Scotland with Aberdeen and Inverness but that’s another level what they are doing to Newcastle.“
Newcastle fans who want to watch their side play every away game will have to travel over 4500 miles over the course of this season.
The club’s last win on the road came against Fulham on the final day of last season.