A planned English Defence League march for August has meant that Manchester United’s clash with Aston Villa will have to be played on a Friday night, the Daily Express reports.
The match was due to take place on the evening of Saturday 15 August, but West Midlands Police rejected the timing of the game due to a fascist march, while a possible Champions League clash for United on the following Tuesday means that the game could not be scheduled for Sunday.
A Premier League statement said: “A Saturday 5:30pm kick-off was initially suggested for this match and West Midlands Police confirmed that, under normal circumstances, that would be acceptable.
“However, due to a planned English Defence League march that will take place in the region on Saturday August 15, and will require police resource, they requested that the Premier League consider avoiding scheduling the match on that date.
“Manchester United’s participation in the UEFA Champions League, and a potential European match the following Tuesday, means that a Sunday slot could not be scheduled with any certainty.”
The new multi-million pound television deal has meant that Friday night games will be introduced from the 2015/16 season.