EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs REJECT plans to wear away kits at home matches to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, despite widespread backlash over the top-flight’s refusal
- Homeless charity Shelter hopes away kit request raises funds and awareness
- The Premier League rejected plans for home teams to don away kits
- Top-flight clubs have now rejected the proposal despite support by some
Premier League clubs have rejected plans to wear away kits at home matches to raise awareness and funds for the homeless.
As Sportsmail revealed, Shelter asked those hosting matches on December 26 and 27 to don their change strips as part of a wide-scale campaign to raise awareness and funds for what is a rapidly increasing problem.
The idea received support from some, who approached the top flight to ask for permission, but saw their requests rejected.
Premier League clubs have rejected plans to wear away kits at home matches to raise funds for the homeless
Premier League bosses said the proposal breached rules and added that while clubs could support the charity, they would not be allowed to change their kits.
That decision triggered a widespread backlash, and at today’s meeting of top flight clubs the matter was brought up close to the conclusion under ‘any other business’.
Insiders, however, say that clubs agreed to abide by the Premier League ruling.
The Premier League’s position is in direct contrast to that of the EFL, which has no objections to its sides switching kits.
Two clubs – Cardiff and Portsmouth – have already obtained permission and it is understood two more have since followed suit.
Tottenham are among the clubs who play at home on Boxing Day and would have played in their away kit if Shelter’s proposals went through
Around 19 have now expressed a desire to wear the change kits for the No Home Kit campaign, with more coming forward following Sportsmail’s coverage.
Some have queried the Premier League’s stance. The competition says that rule M.22.1 states ‘the first priority for home clubs will be their home strip’. But the M section also states that ‘Before the commencement of each Season each Club shall allocate a different shirt number to each member of its first team squad’.
This season, Edinson Cavani took the No 7 shirt at Manchester United but the Premier League subsequently gave the club dispensation to re-allocate the number to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose brand is named CR7, after he signed from Juventus.
Those playing at home on Boxing Day are Liverpool, Wolves, Burnley, Manchester City, Norwich, Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa and Brighton, while Newcastle entertain Manchester United on December 27.
They can choose to support Shelter in other ways, such as wearing t-shirts in the warm-up.