In a show of good will, Arsenal have offered refunds for fans who are unable to attend our clash with Leicester City in February, with Sky Sports changing the date of the game at short notice due to scheduling issues, as reported by the Evening Standard.
The game was originally scheduled for a 3pm kick off on Saturday the 13th February, but was recently switched to a live broadcast the following day at 12pm. Sky gave less than four weeks notice to travelling fans, who may well have been coming from around the world to see the game. This could really inconvenience a huge number of supporters, so in an attempt to appease fans Arsenal have offered refunds, all you have to do is contact Sky.
The club are clearly looking to avoid some serious backlash, with Leicester City fans already threatening to boycott the start of the game due to the late schedule change (via the Evening Standard).
Arsenal fans have complained about ticket prices many times in the past (via the Daily Mail), and the club will no doubt be looking to minimise any further repercussions due to ticket costs.
“We are sorry that our fans have been inconvenienced by the late change of this fixture,” an Arsenal spokesman said (via the Evening Standard).
“We should point out we have received only a handful of calls about this from supporters. Any Arsenal supporter who has purchased an individual match ticket from the club who is unable to attend is entitled to a full refund. The same applies to any fans who have purchased their ticket on our ticket exchange system.”
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East Midlands Trains are also allowing tickets bought for the 13th to be used on the 14th, announcing the news on their official Twitter account.
— East Midlands Trains (@EMTrains) January 22, 2016
This obviously isn’t going to be enough to please all fans, and plenty will still be out of pocket due to travel and accommodation bookings that are unlikely to be refunded. At least it’s something though, right?
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One group that probably won’t be appeased in the slightest will be the football hating girlfriend and spouses, who may now lose their partners for Valentine’s Day.