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Arbroath hit out at Dundee United fixture date change and claim it places them at ‘significant sporting disadvantage’

Arbroath's clash at Tannadice next month has been brought forward 24 hours to commemorate the 100th anniversary of United's transformation from Dundee Hibernian.

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Arbroath will take on Dundee United at Tannadice next month. Image: SNS

Arbroath have hit out at the decision to switch their Championship clash with Dundee United – insisting the move places them at a ‘significant sporting disadvantage.’

The Angus side were due to travel to face their nearby rivals for the second time this season on Saturday, October 28th.

The Tangerines requested a date switch to mark the centenary of the club’s transformation from Dundee Hibernian to Dundee United.

The Tannadice club are believed to be organising a series of events to mark the occasion.

And they felt having the game on the exact date of the 100th anniversary was pivotal to their plans.

But Lichties believe the move will adversely impact their part-time players and fans.

In a statement released on their official website, they said: “Dundee United have requested this change of date and time so that they can celebrate the centenary of Dundee Hibernian FC becoming Dundee Utd FC.

“Arbroath FC board of directors carefully considered this request.

“However due to the majority of the clubโ€™s players having to work on a Friday in their โ€˜dayโ€™ jobs, playing on the Friday evening has a negative impact on team/player pre- match preparation.

Arbroath question ‘sporting integrity’ of Dundee United fixture change

“This, thus, places the club at a significant sporting disadvantage.

“In addition, the club also advised the SPFL that changing the game to the Friday evening would cause inconvenience to our supporters – many of whom travel a distance to watch the team playing.

 

“Accordingly, Arbroath FC objected to the change.

“However, the SPFL advised that they were to agree the request from Dundee United.

“The club then made further detailed representations objecting to this decision basing our position on the negative impact this change would have on the clubโ€™s preparations and the unfairness of the decision in respect of Arbroath FC, in terms of sporting integrity and disadvantage.

“Despite the clubโ€™s objections the SPFL have agreed to Dundee Unitedโ€™s request for a change of date.

“This is not the outcome that Arbroath FC anticipated.

Arbroath have hit out at the fixture change for their Dundee United clash in October. Image: SNS

“It is the view of the clubโ€™s directors that the commercialism surrounding this โ€˜centenaryโ€™ event has overtaken sporting fairness and the integrity of the Cinch Championship competition.”

Dundee United have been approached for comment.

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