Spurs vs. Forest moved due to rail strikes, forcing the Premier League to issue an apology

Mar 30, 2024

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LONDON, England – Due to rail strikes, the Premier League had to postpone Tottenham Hotspur’s home match against Nottingham Forest by one day. The league has now apologized.

The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium league game was initially slated to start at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 8, but it has been moved ahead by 26 hours to start at 6pm on Sunday, April 7.

The news of train strikes on national railroads and the London Tube on the scheduled fixture date prompted the adjustment.

On Monday, April 8, there will be scheduled industrial action and significant travel disruptions across the rail network. This decision was made in response to a recommendation from an emergency Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting.

“The Premier League apologises unreservedly to supporters of both clubs, and all those affected, for the inconvenience and disruption caused by this late fixture change,” the league stated in a press release on Thursday night that Nottingham Forest also published.

The decision to begin rail and tube strikes on Monday, April 8, and the following decrease in available transit services are the reasons behind the adjustment, which are without the League’s control.

As a result, the Safety Advisory Group of the local government has concluded that the match cannot be held with the necessary standards of safety for the supporters who will be in attendance.

Tottenham has said that they would “shortly be contacting all ticket holders to outline options if they are no longer able to attend,” although all original tickets will still be valid for the game.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused to fans by this fixture amendment, which has been made for reasons beyond the club’s control,” the statement from Tottenham said.

On Monday, April 8, members of the ASLEF trade union, which includes London tube drivers, intend to go on strike.

On this same day, National Rail operators are also scheduled to go on strike; the outcome will probably be travel pandemonium.

Only one of the six rail stations that serve Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will be open regularly as a result of the planned strikes, according to Tottenham.

Postponed Matches of the Premier League

Although they are uncommon, there have been a few instances where transport strikes resulted in Premier League games being postponed.

Train strikes forced a postponement of Brighton’s home match against Crystal Palace in the 2022–2023 season, which was originally slated for Saturday, September 17.

At the time, the league stated that due to “exceptional circumstances” resulting from the scheduled rail workers’ walkout, there would be no public transit available for supporters to attend that match. The match was eventually played on March 15.

Two further matches were postponed on the same September 17–18, 2022, matchday because of policing shortages around Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

These shortages forced the postponement of Chelsea’s match against Liverpool and Manchester United’s home fixture against Leeds United until 2023.

A decade earlier, London Underground employees’ strike forced the postponement of Arsenal’s Premier League home match against West Ham United from December 26, 2012, to January 23, 2013.

That came after a similar event in the 2011–12 campaign, when a strike by London Underground tube drivers forced Arsenal to postpone their home match against Wolverhampton Wanderers until December 27 by 24 hours.

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