It has been confirmed that Arsenal’s Europa League fixture away against Vitoria SC will take place at 3.50pm on Wednesday 6th November despite an attempt by the Portuguese side to have it returned to a regular Thursday evening kick-off.
Due to Braga and Porto, both sides within 50km of Vitoria’s ground in Guimarães, being in the competition and higher ranked, our opponents are being forced to play all three of their home group matches at a time when there’s no kick-off clash. The logic is that local infrastructure, like policing, won’t be compromised.
To complicate matters, broadcasting rules stipulate that Europa League games can’t clash with Champions League matches, some of which start around 5.55pm, hence the afternoon kick-off.
This kind of nonsense is exactly what you’d expect from UEFA. An organisation that doesn’t think twice about screwing over the fans whenever possible. Are we all supposed to take an afternoon off work to watch the game?