Season ticket holder launches petition to get Newcastle fixture moved

10-year-old Everton season ticket holder Anna faces a dilemma which is not of her own making.

She wants to support the Toffees’ women’s side in the final of the FA Cup against Manchester City on 1 November.

That game kicks off at Wembley at 2:30pm, but the men’s game against Newcastle has been moved to 2pm that very same day.

The match is being shown on Sky Sports, which has led to the clash.

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Anna hasn’t just accepted this unacceptable clash as a quirk of modern football.

She has set up a petition to try to get the Premier League fixture moved so she can support both the men’s and women’s team in their matches.

Anna asks ‘how can women’s football develop and capture a wider audience if it is competing with the well supported men’s game?’

In order for Everton to grow their operation in women’s football, they need Toffees fans to be able to watch them.

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They can’t do that if both games are on at the same time.

At the time of writing, the petition is creeping up to 2,000 signatures and Anna is calling on supporters of all clubs to get involved and sign it.

She reasons that other matches are never allowed to clash with the men’s FA Cup final, and it has been moved to a later slot in recent seasons in order to get more viewers.

It remains to be seen if Sky, who like BT wield enormous power over modern football, will make any allowances and move the game.

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