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Quinn sounds fan warning
10 Apr 2009 - 08:37:44
Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn has accused the television schedulers of losing sight of the regular football fan.
Quinn has revealed his concern after the Black Cats' Premier League clash with Portsmouth was rescheduled.
Sunderland were due to play at Fratton Park on Saturday May 16, but the match has been moved to the following Monday night to suit live television coverage.
Meanwhile, the Wearsiders' clash with Everton on Saturday May 2 has also been altered and could either be played an lunchtime that day or the following Sunday at 4pm.
"Fixture amendments at such short notice show very little regard for supporters," claimed Quinn.
"This (the trip to Portsmouth) is our last away game of the season. Hundreds of fans have already booked hotels, trains, buses and this will have a huge impact on them financially.
"Naturally, clubs need the massive investment from TV companies - and this is very much appreciated.
"But we can't lose sight of the people that matter the most - the fans."