Why English Defence League march means Villa-Man Utd is on Friday night
Premier League statement:
“The second match-round of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season includes Aston Villa vs. Manchester United scheduled for live broadcast on Sky Sports at 7:45pm on Friday 14 August 2015.
“A Saturday 5:30pm kick-off was initially suggested for this match and West Midlands Police confirmed that, under normal circumstances, that would be acceptable. However, due to a planned English Defence League march that will take place in the region on Saturday 15 August, and will require police resource, they requested that the Premier League consider avoiding scheduling the match on that date.
“Manchester United’s participation in the UEFA Champions League, and a potential European match the following Tuesday, means that a Sunday slot could not be scheduled with any certainty.”