EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs set to be snubbed AGAIN by top flight chiefs over plans to wear away kits for home matches over Christmas fixtures in aid of raising awareness and funds for the homeless
- Shelter are continuing the #NoHomeKit campaign, which they started last year
- Premier League clubs had requested to make a similar gesture last Christmas
- But once again top flight chiefs have stuck strictly to their rule book
- Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton were among English teams keen on gesture
- All Scottish clubs will wear their change kits across the December 23/24 fixtures
Despite a surging homelessness crisis, fuelled by the gigantic rise in the cost of living, top flight officials are once more saying clubs cannot wear change strips for games they are hosting to support Shelter.
Last year, the charity asked if those staging games on December 26 and 27, could play in their away kits.
The simple, effective idea was to raise awareness of those who have no homes of their own at Christmas. A number of clubs approached the top flight to ask for their permission but were left stunned when the Premier League said no – and refused to make a u-turn – miserly claiming that the move would be a breach of their regulations.
Sportsmail understands that Shelter are continuing the #NoHomeKit campaign this Christmas, and can now add the backing of the four Scottish leagues in addition to the EFL and National League. All Scottish clubs, including those in the SPL, will wear their change kits across the December 23/24 fixtures.
It means in a historic, symbolic move, Celtic will not wear their famous green and white hoops when they take on St Johnstone at Parkhead on Christmas Eve.
Sadly, it remains a different story in England’s top tier.
Tottenham Hotspur were one of the clubs backing Shelter’s homeless awareness campaign
Every Scottish club including league leaders Celtic are now onboard with the campaign
While both Tottenham and Brighton are thought to be officially supporting Shelter’s campaign, they can only do so off the pitch. Spurs’s WSL side are also backing the move.
Last year 261 clubs across England and Wales supported the campaign and Shelter are hoping to smash that figure this time around.
Confirmations are already in from the likes of Watford, Coventry City, Derby County and Ipswich Town.
Football League sides including Watford (left) and Derby County also support the drive
Grassroots sides are also being encouraged to get involved to tackle a huge, growing problem with Shelter pointing out that every 90 minutes 25 households become homeless in England. Many more are at risk of losing their homes amid the continuing cost of living crisis in what is being viewed as an emergency.
Osama Bhutta, Director of Campaigns at Shelter, said: ‘Last year it was fantastic to see fans and teams across the country come together to fight the housing emergency. Our frontline services are braced for an incredibly tough winter as the cost of living crisis bites, so it’s brilliant that so many teams, fans and celebrities are stepping up and supporting #NoHomeKit this Christmas.’
Last year, the Premier League said they received a large number of requests from charities and ‘aren’t able to support all centrally’. They added: ‘Clubs area entitled to support charitable causes, and we encourage clubs to do so, provided it is in compliance with Premier League rules.’