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Posted by Joff on Thu Aug 30, 2018 1:34 am
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Absolute farce again of the RFaiL's passivity when this event was scheduled before the irrelevant Everton soccer match date!!

http://www.rugby-league.com/england/article/53289/england-v-new-zealand---fixture-amendment

Rugby League is the only sport I know that toes the party line of other 'bigger' sports. Why?? Fear?? Seen it over and over, the big bully Wendyball or the Rah Rahs....

This match was booked at Anfield months ago and now all of a sudden there are 'traffic management issues'......either the RFL should have double checked that Everton were not playing at home on the same day or there is blame with the City of Liverpool and Merseyside Police!

No wonder we're losing supporters! So many would have booked hotels and transportation.
Posted by bramleyrhino on Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:57 am
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The question is whether the RFL consulted with Merseyside Police and Liverpool Council before they scheduled the game. If they did, then there's little the RFL can do - they can't go ahead with an event of this scale without the approval of the authorities.

If they didn't, then one has to question why.
I wish everyone would read bramleyrhino's post two or three times just to get it through some thick skulls


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Posted by puroresu_boy on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:05 am
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I dont know how the RFL could not take into account that Everton would be playing at home that weekend and it would be the Saturday or Sunday.

If the did and the police and council gave the ok but have now changed there mind then not much they can do but I really wouldnt be surprised if the RFL just forgot about Everton FC.
Posted by Sir Kevin Sinfield on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:09 am
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Why can’t Everton/Brighton and England/New Zealand play on the same day. Surely the Majority of Everton fans are going to live in Liverpool and not many RLfans will be traveling back to Brighton.
Posted by wrencat1873 on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:13 am
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Sir Kevin Sinfield wrote:
Why can’t Everton/Brighton and England/New Zealand play on the same day. Surely the Majority of Everton fans are going to live in Liverpool and not many RLfans will be traveling back to Brighton.


Limited police resources and whilst it's highly unlikely that there will be much hassle at either game, there will be structure and regulations in place for this sort of stuff.
Whoever is at fault, it's mickey poor planning, especially with tickets already having been sold.
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Yet another own goal by the RFL.

Which other sport would schedual an international fixture only to change the date two months before the game, with no consideration for the fans that have booked hotels and travel.

There is no wonder the game is on its knees, with P1ss poor crowds at Wembley year upon year, a large number clubs on the verge of bankruptcy and now this farce.
I thought things may chance after the demise of Jabba the Hut Wood but yet again incompetance of the highest order prevails.

It seems to me the RFL have the reverse Midas touch, everything it touchs turns to 5hite , but as usual nobody will hold their hands up and take responsibility.
Posted by Someday on Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:51 am
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Limited police resources and whilst it's highly unlikely that there will be much hassle at either game, there will be structure and regulations in place for this sort of stuff.
Whoever is at fault, it's mickey poor planning, especially with tickets already having been sold.

I so the change on Facebook so I rang the rfl to make sure I have booked a hotel for 2 nights Friday and Saturday to come home Sunday now it’s cost me more money to change the coach times to come home after the game when I rang I said no wonder we can not fill grounds mucking about with the game I am retired but other people work if you live up north Saturday was perfect not Sunday
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Manchester transport infrastructure and Police force can handle many big events at the same time. Remember we had the SL GF at Old Trafford at the same time the RU WC had England v Uruguay at the Etihad, at the same time there was a gig on st the MEN.

That was around 150000 people in attendance at three of the four major venues of the city, and doesn’t count all the other people doing other things in and across the city on the same evening.
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Posted by puroresu_boy on Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:32 am
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Pretty sure this isn't the first time an England game has had either the date or time of a game changed from the original. That alone makes me think this is down to the RFL again.
Posted by ThePrinter on Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:26 am
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puroresu_boy wrote:
I dont know how the RFL could not take into account that Everton would be playing at home that weekend and it would be the Saturday or Sunday.

If the did and the police and council gave the ok but have now changed there mind then not much they can do but I really wouldnt be surprised if the RFL just forgot about Everton FC.


The NZ series, venue and dates were decided in November 2017. The Premiership fixtures for this season will have only been decided late May/June. Actually think this one is on Merseyside Police, Everton and FA’s fault. Why didn’t they make it clear that Everton couldn’t play that Saturday (presumably Liverpool informed then of their ground none availability for that date) and then why won’t they move it to the Sunday, doesn’t seem that much of an ask for a football league game to switch to a Sunday and why has it only been decided now when the football fixtures came out 2/3 months ago. Don’t think the RFL have done mich wrong on this occasion and have been screwed over/messed about by those aforementioned parties.
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