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Foxes explain fixture switch

Leicester have issued a statement sympathising with supporters following the latest alteration to the club's fixture list.

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Nigel Pearson: His Leicester side face Watford on a Friday night

Nigel Pearson: His Leicester side face Watford on a Friday night

The Foxes' final home game of the season against promotion rivals Watford, initially scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Saturday April 27, was this week moved forward to the Friday night.

The Hornets' visit to the King Power Stadium is the eighth time this season that a Leicester home match scheduled for a traditional 3pm kick-off has been moved for television coverage.

The club has described this season's changes to their fixtures as "unprecedented" and, amidst complaints from some fans, has moved to clarify its role in the decision-making process.

A statement released by Leicester said: "The club understands that this has caused some inconvenience for supporters and would, therefore, like to clarify its position with regard to the selection of televised games.

"The Football League's central contract for television rights requires all of its member clubs to accommodate changes to the fixture schedule, based on selections made by its broadcast partners.

"If a Leicester City fixture is selected for live coverage, the club is obliged to play the game at the rescheduled time.

"The club empathises with supporters that have been frustrated by the unprecedented changes to the schedule. With this in mind, we have recently extended a special offer to our loyal season ticket holders, entitling them to a complimentary additional ticket for one of our next three home games against Millwall or Birmingham City or Bolton Wanderers, as a gesture of appreciation for their efforts to accommodate the changes."

The club also said that all tickets purchased for the original date against Watford will be valid for the rearranged fixture, or can be refunded in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale.

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