Allardyce makes fixture complaint after Arsenal defeat

Date published: Sunday 10th January 2016 10:17

Sam Allardyce: Angry about Sunderland's fixture schedule

Sam Allardyce remains furious that Sunderland face two away games in the Premier League this week on the back of their FA Cup defeat at Arsenal.

Allardyce labelled the Premier League’s decision to put in a round of fixtures the midweek after the third round of the cup as “diabolical” earlier in the week and did not back track after seeing his side knocked out.

Their game at Swansea City was moved to Wednesday night from Tuesday with the Swans facing Oxford on Sunday – but Sunderland’s next league game is an early kick-off at Tottenham next Saturday.

“I was infuriated by how the fixtures panned out and by us having to change from Tuesday to Wednesday based on the amount of travel we have to do compared to Tottenham and to Swansea,” Allardyce said.

“I will be very interested in seeing Swansea’s team on Sunday and see how many first-team players they actually play.

“We could have played on Tuesday, which gave us the right opportunity to recover to play in the Premier League on Saturday, which is a 12.45pm kick-off against Tottenham having travelled 1,800 miles for three away games. Good headline there.

“I am interested in the welfare of players, which is at great risk at this stage of the season and you have seen it with the amount of injuries that have occurred at this time.”

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