Chelsea fans left fuming at ‘disgrace’ surrounding fast-approaching Man Utd game

Chelsea fans have been left fuming over the "disgrace" surrounding their fast-approaching clash with Manchester United.

The Blues are set to welcome United to Stamford Bridge in less than three weeks time, with the match scheduled to take place on October 22, live on Sky Sports.

However, the kick-off time for the match remains "to be confirmed" on the Premier League website, leaving Chelsea supporters incensed at the lack of clarity from the league and broadcasters.

As a result, the Chelsea Supporters' Trust have penned an official letter to the Premier League, Sky Sports and fellow broadcasters BT Sport.

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The letter, which was shared on the trust's social media channels on Wednesday evening, reads: “It is unacceptable and deeply irresponsible for a KO time not to have been announced for Chelsea vs Manchester United on October 22nd.

“We are 17 days away from the match and supporters have been given no information about what time the game will begin. The fixture date was agreed on August 30th. 5 weeks to agree on a time is a disgrace.

“The PL and broadcasters are delaying an announcement due to a dispute over TV slots. Supporters need to book travel, accommodation and annual leave.

"This highly anticipated fixture is slowly becoming a nightmare for many. A decision needs to be made without delay. We remind everyone that we are supporters not customers.

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“When this fixture was first announced back in June all parties were aware that there was a possibility it would have to be moved due to UCL fixture clashes.

"Not having a comprehensive plan in place is damaging to the sport and its supporters. Our message to the broadcasters and Premier League is clear – #SortItOut.”

Chelsea face Brentford and Red Bull Salzburg away three days either side of their scheduled clash with United later this month.

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are set to host Tottenham Hotspur in the league on October 19 before playing FC Sheriff in the Europa League on October 27.

The 5:30pm kick-off slot is currently the only available time for the match to be played live on Sky Sports, with their 2pm and 4:30pm matches on Sunday and 8pm live fixture slot on Monday already filled.

It is unlikely the match between Chelsea and United will be moved forward to the evening of October 21 due to both clubs playing just two days prior.


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