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Christmas Eve games canned

Filed: Thursday, 19th October 2017
By: Staff Writer

It has been confirmed that NO Premier League matches will take place on Christmas Eve.

The league had planned to broadcast two live fixtures on Sunday, 24 December but relented following a storm of protests from within and outside football.

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That means West Ham's clash with Newcastle will still take place at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday, 23 December - which in itself presents a potential logistical nightmare, with the nearly Westfield shopping centre preparing for one of its busiest Saturdays of the year on the same day.

As a result, three of West Ham's remaining December fixtures have been moved for the benefit of the TV companies. They are as follows:

Sunday 3 December: Manchester City v West Ham Utd (4pm)

Saturday 9 December: West Ham Utd v Chelsea (12.30pm)

Wednesday 13 December: West Ham Urtd v Arsenal (8pm)

United's other pre-Xmas December fixture - the trip to Stoke City on Saturday, 16 December - remains unchanged with a 3pm kick off. The Hammers then travel to Bournemouth on Boxing Day before visiting Tottenham on Saturday, 30 December for the final match of 2017.

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