Sky Sports will not change their men’s fixture schedule to accommodate the Women’s World Cup final.
England’s Lionesses face Spain in Sydney on Sunday morning in an attempt to win their first ever world title. Sarina Wiegman’s side beat co-hosts Australia 3-1 in the semi-finals to edge one step closer to a historic triumph Down Under.
Both ITV1 and BBC One will broadcast England’s showdown with kick-off due for 11am BST. But Sky Sports will not alter their existing men’s fixture schedule to allow fans to watch the occasion.
Norwich City host Millwall at Carrow Road at noon creating an overlap, with both clubs having reportedly been open to moving the fixture back an hour so fans could tune in. However, a meeting between the clubs, the EFL and broadcasters decided Sky’s commitments must be honoured.
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A Sky spokesperson said: “All relevant stakeholders were consulted and considered in this decision, as with all decisions of this nature.”
While Norwich’s game was the only major fixture guaranteed to clash with the final, moving it would have impacted the rest of Sky’s schedule on Sunday. The channel will show two Premier League games after the final, including Aston Villa vs Everton which kicks off at 2pm and Chelsea’s visit to West Ham (a 4.30pm KO).
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While the men’s calendar will not be impacted, women’s leagues have had to make late fixture amendments. Women’s National League clubs were set to start their season on Sunday August 20.
Yet a petition was launched to allow players to watch the historic occasion. FAWNL subsequently announced fixtures could be changed with the league’s approval.
As a result, MK Dons announced their fixture against Oxford had been moved back to 3:30pm, with the club saying: “We would like to thank all supporters for their patience during this process, to ensure that we reached the most suitable outcome considering the preferences of the players, staff, and officials.
“We would also like to thank the FAWNL and Oxford United for their support during this process, in allowing us the opportunity to pursue alternatives.”
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