Aston Villa, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool & Arsenal receive rare message from Premier League

The Premier League has issued a rare apology to the likes of Aston Villa, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

The Premier League has apologised to the supporters of all 20 clubs in its division, including Aston Villa, after re-arranging January fixtures at short notice. Villa’s clash with Leeds United was initially set to take place on Saturday, January 14 but it has now been moved to Friday night instead.

Unai Emery’s Villans will play host to Jesse Marsch’s Lilywhites at 8pm on January 13, allowing the game to be shown live on Sky Sports. The fixture change, which impacts Villa’s third home match after the World Cup, is part of the Premier League’s latest broadcast selections. Not only does it impact Villa supporters, but Leeds fans too.

The likes of Newcastle United, Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool have also been affected - as the TV picks for December and January were originally due to be released in October. In reaction to its delayed announcement, the Premier League has shared a rare apology.

In a statement, the Premier League said: “Fixtures that have been selected for live television broadcast in the United Kingdom in January 2023 have been released. The Premier League apologises to supporters for the delay in announcing these fixtures and understands their frustrations.

“Finalising these particular selections took longer than expected due to difficulties obtaining relevant local stakeholder approvals. The League is committed to working with supporters to ensure more effective communication in advance of future fixture announcements and reiterates its apology for the delay on this occasion.”

Full list of Premier League TV picks for January 2023

Friday 13 January

8pm: Aston Villa v Leeds (Sky Sports)

The Premier League has issued a rare apology to supporters of all 20 clubs.

Saturday 14 January

12:30pm: Man Utd v Man City (BT Sport)

3pm: Brighton v Liverpool, Chelsea v Crystal Palace, Everton v Southampton, Nottingham Forest v Leicester, Wolves v West Ham

5:30pm: Brentford v AFC Bournemouth (Sky Sports)

Sunday 15 January

2pm: Newcastle v Fulham (Sky Sports)

4:30pm: Spurs v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

Saturday 21 January

12:30pm: Liverpool v Chelsea (BT Sport)

3pm: AFC Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest, Leicester v Brighton, Man City v Wolves, Southampton v Aston Villa, West Ham v Everton

5:30pm: Crystal Palace v Newcastle (Sky Sports)

Sunday 22 January

2pm: Leeds v Brentford (Sky Sports)

4:30pm Arsenal v Man Utd (Sky Sports)

Monday 23 January

8pm: Fulham v Spurs (Sky Sports)