Gary Neville has taken a swipe at the Premier League after the announcement that clubs will not be allowed to don their away kits for the Boxing Day fixtures.
Arsenal face the trip to relegation-threatened Norwich City, while bitter rivals Chelsea travel to the West Midlands on the same day to face a soon-to-be Steven Gerrard Aston Villa side.
At the same time, Crystal Palace head north in the capital to compete in the London derby against Tottenham, Brentford travel in the opposite direction for their Amex Stadium clash against Brighton and Hove Albion, while West Ham host Southampton.
Homeless charity Shelter hoped to get the support of clubs for their #NoHomeKit initiative on Boxing Day – a campaign which urged clubs to “ditch their home colours for their away or third kit, showing support for people who don’t have a safe home.”
And while the Football League has confirmed that it will accept clubs wearing away kits on the same day if they make a formal request, the Premier League won’t be allowing their clubs to do the same.
That is because the governing body says it would break its rules around kits and it is demanded that home teams wear their home strips as their first priority.
“The Premier League receives a large number of requests from charities every season, however we aren’t able to support all centrally,” a spokesperson for the Premier League said, via the Liverpool Echo.
“Clubs are entitled to support charitable causes, and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules.”
Osama Bhutta, director of campaigns at Shelter, said the charity wants to raise awareness of homelessness through the campaign.
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“We believe ‘home’ means everything. We want to use the positive power of football this Christmas, and our shared connection to ‘home,’ to raise awareness of homelessness and what we can all do to fight it,” she said.
“Everyone involved in #NoHomeKit can do something special by bringing the entire football community together to fight the housing emergency.”
Former Manchester United defender Neville has now taken aim at the decision by the Premier League.
He wrote on Twitter: “Imagine refusing a request to raise money and awareness for homelessness. A Johnson like u-turn on its way if the clubs push hard!”