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Clubs agree to avoid fixture clashes

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Following the recommendation of the Safety Advisory Group, which includes Leicester Tigers and Leicester City, that both clubs play their home games at least 24 hours apart both clubs spoke to their respective governing bodies about the need to avoid, where possible, any home fixture clashes for the 2009/10 season.

The governing bodies were very accommodating and understood the reasons for this. When the fixtures were provisionally released, instead of the seven or eight fixture clashes both clubs have experienced in previous seasons, there were only two fixture clashes to discuss, on Boxing Day and Saturday, January 9.

Both Leicester City and Leicester Tigers sat round the table and discussed how best to avoid the clashes.

It was agreed that Leicester City would keep their traditional Boxing Day fixture, this season against Sheffield United kick off 3pm, as Tigers have previously played home games on both December 26 and December 27, when they traditionally played the Barbarians. It was agreed that Tigers would move their fixture against Sale Sharks to Sunday, December 27, kick off 3pm.

It was also agreed Tigers would retain their Saturday, January 9, fixture with London Wasps, kick off 3pm, and City would move their game against Ipswich Town to Sunday, January 10, kick off 3pm.

The clubs agreed they would use a fair system of alternating kick off changes for future fixture clashes with the proviso that live television broadcasts would take priority.

This will result, over the course of the season, in a fair and equal number of fixture changes for both clubs.