BRIGHTON’S upcoming conflict with Crystal Palace has been POSTPONED because of practice strikes.
The Seagulls have been because of host their rivals on the Amex Stadium on September 17.
However the south coast outfit have now confirmed the fixture will probably be rescheduled – with a brand new date to be confirmed sooner or later.
An announcement from the membership learn: “It’s with remorse that our Premier League match in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday 17 September has been postponed because of the deliberate industrial motion on the rail community.
“At this stage there isn’t a new date for the fixture and ticket holders ought to retain their tickets.
“As soon as a brand new date is confirmed, match-ticket buying supporters unable to attend the sport may have seven days to use for a refund.”
Chief government Paul Barber added: “Each golf equipment needed the match to happen on the unique date and there was a continued dialogue to be able to obtain this with all related authorities, together with Sussex and Surrey Police, different native emergency companies and companies, Brighton & Hove Metropolis Council, the Premier League and Crystal Palace.
“Following these discussions, and having fastidiously evaluated all of the components, the unanimous suggestion of the Security Advisory Group was to postpone the fixture with the total assist of the Premier League.
“Whereas we totally recognize this will probably be of giant disappointment to each units of followers, and causes disruption to each groups’ fixture schedules in addition to these of supporters, the security of followers of each golf equipment, our matchday workers, gamers and officers should be the precedence.
“We have now considered how tough it could be for followers of each golf equipment to attend the match with out entry to the rail community and we checked out various choices and varied contingency plans.
“This included further journey choices or shifting the match to earlier or later in the identical week, with Sunday afternoon the newest the fixture might be performed on that weekend because of the worldwide break, nevertheless it merely was not attainable to play the match with a full capability crowd in attendance.
“We apologise for the inconvenience this will likely have brought on followers of each groups, however we really feel that the suitable choice has been reached. We might additionally wish to thank Crystal Palace, the Premier League and the authorities for his or her assist on this matter.”
Prepare strikes, which have been confirmed for September 15, 17 and 26, have already wreaked havoc earlier this season, with Brighton eager to keep away from comparable points later this month.
The Palace conflict may have been the primary recreation for Brighton’s new supervisor if Graham Potter does go away for Chelsea.
And a few Brighton supporters thought the membership have been asserting Potter’s departure after they noticed the tweet in regards to the match being postponement.
One mentioned: “Don’t you ever begin a tweet like that once more.”
Whereas one other added: “Why would you begin the tweet like that man😭😭.”
The unique date was scheduled to be the ultimate recreation for Brighton and Palace earlier than the worldwide break.
Because it stands, the 2 groups will no longer play till October following their video games this weekend.