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Football Supporters Federation blast fixture switch

Tottenham and Wigan's agreement to move this weekend's Premier League encounter to Sunday to give their players more time after the international matches has been criticised by the Football Supporters' Federation. The clubs will play the match on Sunday rather than Saturday despite the game not being on television or - the other usual reason for playing on Sunday - either side being involved in Europe earlier in the week.

Premier League rules allow for such a switch if it is mutually agreed, but Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters' Association, said it was "a worrying trend".

Clarke said: "We think this is a very regrettable development. There are far too many games moved as it is.

"If it's not on television and neither team has been playing the previous Thursday then it should not be moved.

"This is a worrying trend and we will raise it with the Premier League at our next meeting.

"You can be fairly sure that no one asked the paying punters what they thought."

The Premier League confirmed that the switch was within the rules, and Wigan said the move would allow their players such as Colombia's Hugo Rodallega and Honduran Hendry Thomas more time to recover from far-flung international games.

A Wigan spokesman said: "It was mutually agreed that, being international week, it would allow our players a bit more time to recover from their international duties."

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