LEICESTER fans will find it “impossible” to get back from Old Trafford on public transport tonight – as the demands of TV companies hits supporters.
With up to six matches each weekend switched from the traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off slot, travel for fans has become increasingly tough.
PA:Press Association Football fans face train chaos trying to get to already expensive matches
Newcastle fans face rail bills of a minimum of £540 for their side’s opening five away games this season.
And a new study suggests that for five matches in the opening three weekends of the Prem season fans will have to drive to matches to have any chance of getting there or back on the day.
Foxes fans travelling to Old Trafford on Friday would have to leave before the end of the game to get the last train back to Leicester.
The same impossible train trip home applies for Liverpool supporters going to Crystal Palace for the evening kick-off on August 20, who would have to be at Euston 16 minutes into the FIRST half.
Getty – Contributor Leicester fans will have to drive to Manchester for the opening game
Getty – Contributor Leicester City fans will not be able to get trains home from Manchester
Likewise, Brighton fans planning to go to Anfield for the 5.30pm kick-off five days later, and Spurs fans going to Old Trafford on August 27, cannot possibly get back by rail.
In addition, the first train from Burnley on Sunday would not arrive at Southampton until just after 2.40pm. The game kicks off at 1.30pm.
Labour Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP, who compiled the dossier, said: “Travelling away fans are being hit hard by a failing rail network across the country – with Newcastle fans hit the hardest.
Getty Images – Getty Labour Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan MP has slammed failing train companies