Liverpool’s trip to Fulham in the Premier League this Wednesday night could be postponed due to planned public transport strikes, it was revealed on Monday.
The Reds are due to play the Cottagers at 8pm, but planned strikes by tube workers on the day could effect matchday plans.
Fulham claim they are concerned that staff and stewards would be unable to get to Craven Cottage if the tube strikes go ahead, and said a final decision on whether the game would go ahead will be made on Tuesday.
This is despite Fulham hosting Sheffield United at home last week – during the tube strike – in the FA Cup. And Craven Cottage being accessible via Putney Station within a 5 minute walk.
The club say in a statement:
[sic] The Club has concerns over the potential impact that the strike may have on the ability of its safety staff to attend the ground in sufficient time and numbers to ensure that it is able to open the ground and effectively operate it, from the time that the gates are open to the public until the departure of all supporters.
A statement from Transport For London (TFL) on the planned strikes reads:
The RMT and TSSA unions have called a strike on the Tube which will affect services from 21:30 on Tuesday 11 February. Some services will operate between 07:00-23:00 on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 February with last trains departing Central London from around 21:30.
Arsenal vs Manchester United also takes place in the capital on Wednesday night, however they have announced their game WILL go ahead.
This wave of strikes was announced on Jan 10. Fulham have had a month to come up with a contingency but only put out a statement today.
— Tony Barrett (@TonyBarretTimes) February 10, 2014
I take it Harrods will be closed on Wednesday in case of a fire drill (shortage of safety staff)
— Brian Durand (@BrianDurand56) February 10, 2014
I live 5 mins from Craven Cottage. It's probably the least affected location in London re tube strikes. Many, many ways to arrive.
— James Marsh (@Marsh_JC) February 10, 2014
Liverpool won this fixture last season, beating Fulham 3-1 in May 2013 thanks to a hat-trick from Daniel Sturridge.
Should the game go ahead, Fulham go into this week’s game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Man Utd at Old Trafford, whilst Liverpool are buzzing from their 5-1 demolition of Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.