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No more football on Friday and Sunday evenings?  The Fans Association demands “new start times suitable for fans” |  Jupiler Pro League

No more football on Friday and Sunday evenings? The Fans Association demands “new start times suitable for fans” | Jupiler Pro League

The Belgian Football Fans Association, in an open letter on Monday, indicated that it will continue to push for further reforms to the start times of football matches in the Jupiler Pro League and Challenger Pro League. The association is calling for more “fan-friendly start times.”

The Supporters’ Association had already negotiated with the Professional League last year regarding the start times of the matches. It was then decided to cancel Sunday evening matches at nine in the evening and cancel Monday matches. Now it wants to take it a step further by directly involving fans in setting show times.

“A recent survey among members indicated that fans would like Saturday 8pm, Saturday 6pm or Sunday 5pm start times, while matches on Friday at 8:45pm and Sunday at 7:15pm are less popular.” Appreciation,” according to the Belgian supporters. “It is time not only to hear these ideas, but also to incorporate them into the tender file for TV contract renewal.”

It is a battle for the soul of the game, not just in terms of statistics and broadcast rights, but in the real football family that breathes and lives the game.

Eddy Janssis, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Supporters Belgium

For board chairman Eddie Jansis, it’s “not just about adjusting start times.” He added: “It’s about restoring the essence of football by giving fans a decisive role in the decision-making process.” “It’s a battle for the soul of the game, not just looking at the stats and the broadcast rights, but at the real football family that lives and breathes this game.”

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