Club approached as part of “BBC Mobile Match of The Day Live experience”
20 October ~ FC United of Manchester have rejected an approach by the BBC to move the kick-off time of their FA Cup tie against Sporting Khalsa to enable a “brand new BBC Mobile Match of The Day Live experience”. The idea from the BBC includes presenters talking to fans, coaches in the dugouts and substitutes warming up while the game was ongoing.
FC United said the proposals would disrupt the pre-match preparation of club volunteers and both the teams for the benefit of people who rarely attend matches. They went on to say that the FA “appear to be encouraging ways to cash in on the fans’ experience whilst treating the supporters as the least important commodity in the game” and urged them to rebalance football’s relationship with TV. You can read FC United’s full statement here.