The Premier League has confirmed that the kick-off time for Monday’s fixtures has been moved due to the government’s new coronavirus guidelines.
The British government this week announced tougher measures to tackle the spread of the disease due to the recent rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the country.
This includes a curfew at 10pm for pubs and restaurants.
Fans are not currently allowed to take part in sporting events – and the plan’s October 1 return has been delayed as part of a government announcement this week – with many supporters visiting the pub to watch football matches at Sky Sports and BT Sport.
However, Liverpool’s hosting in the Premier League on Monday 28 September will take the curfew at 10pm and take the league to a new time of 1.15pm with a new time of 1.15pm.
The kick-off early that evening, Fulham v Aston Villa, was therefore moved. Previously scheduled for 6 p.m., that game will now begin at 5:45 p.m.
Both fixtures will be broadcast live on Sky.
A statement issued by the Premier League on Wednesday said: “Following the government’s announcement yesterday, Fulham will close at 22:00, Fulham will now face Aston Villa at 17:45 and Liverpool will face Arsenal at 20:00. Both matches will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. ”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the new measures could last up to six months, meaning crowds could not attend sports events until March.