The Premier League are seriously considering December 22 as a potential date for Liverpool’s trip to Arsenal.
The two clubs are scheduled to meet on December 23, but the fixture is almost certain to be moved for television.
Christmas Eve was mooted as a likely date, but severe backlash from both groups of fans has led to a potential change of mind.
According to the Daily Telegraph, December 22 – a Friday – ‘has now also gained momentum’ as talks continue between the Premier League, the two clubs, Islington Council, the Metropolitan Police and Sky Sports.
An early slot on Christmas Eve is possible, but Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore ruled out a 4pm kick-off.
‘Sky Sports intend to announce their televised fixtures by the end of the week and a range of options were still being discussed today,’ Jeremy Wilson writes.
‘These included a 12noon or 12.30pm kick-off on Christmas Eve and Saturday lunchtime, but the idea of Friday 22 December has now also gained momentum.’