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Bilic: no problem with Christmas Eve match

Filed: Friday, 13th October 2017
By: Staff Writer

Slaven Bilic says that he will not be unduly concerned if West Ham are forced to play Newcastle United on Christmas Eve.

The Hammers boss, speaking to the media ahead of the trip to Burnley admitted that whilst he would prefer to be at home with his family, fans shouldn't be upset if the controversial plans are rubber-stamped.

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"We would all love to be with our families on Christmas Eve," Bilic said. "We were talking about this possibility at the Premier League managers meetings before the start of the season.

"This is the Premier League, the most attractive league in the world with all the rewards that brings. That means, in turn, you have to give something and if it requires you to play on Christmas Eve, then that is what we have to do.

"Many fans will not like it but you canít have it both ways. There is a price to pay for everything and if that means we have to play on Christmas Eve, then we have to get on and do it."

You can listen to Bilic's full 20-minute pre-match press conference here.

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