Bristol City have expressed their disappointment on the club website at the police forcing their match against Cardiff City to be moved and therefore not be on Sky Sports.
The rivalry between Bristol City and Cardiff is always a great one to watch and Sky Sports had noted that, selecting their early November tie to be televised on Saturday 4th November at 5:30pm. However following discussions between the police and the club, they moved the game to Friday night as it was preferable to the local force. The game was still set to be televised on Sky Sports despite this change.
However the game will be back on Saturday with the game now taking place at 12:30pm following advice from Avon and Somerset Police alongside the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG).This change has come about because the police believe they won’t have enough men to cover the match on the Friday night. And with Sky Sports having Stoke City Vs Leicester City already scheduled for that time, they have decided not to broadcast the Bristol City Vs Cardiff City match. They will instead be showing Wolves Vs Fulham.
Angered by this change, Ashton Gate’s managing director Mark Kelly said: “We are disappointed that Avon & Somerset Police felt they would not be able to safely resource the Cardiff City fixture if it was played on the Friday night and made the decision to veto the date at this late stage.”
“Despite all of the measures we had agreed to put in place – including Bristol City agreeing to meet the costs of Police deployed at the stadium – the Police still felt they would be unable to resource an appropriate level of public order-trained officers to its other commitments.”
“Several of the points made at the recent extraordinary SAG meeting were hugely out of context and while we, both Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol City, respect the input of the Police on matchdays, we feel this decision is wholly unnecessary.”