Sutton United turned down the BBC’s request to broadcast their FA Cup fourth qualifying tie at Paulton Rovers and now the club have explained their decision.
The BBC have broadcast one fixture from every round of the competition so far on their website and had set their sights on Evo-Stik South West side Paulton’s big cup tie.
But their hopes were dashed after National League Sutton turned down their proposal. The game would have kicked-off at an earlier time of 12.30pm.
Now the U’s manager Paul Doswell has moved to justify their position. On the club’s website, he said: ”We were delighted to receive an enquiry from the BBC about streaming our FA Cup tie at Paulton Rovers on their website, but after careful consideration we didn’t think that this was practical.
“To clarify, we were asked by the BBC late on Wednesday if we would agree to an early kick-off at 12.30pm for our FA Cup game next Saturday. This would have meant the team coach leaving Sutton United at 7am, with players getting up at 5.30am to travel from their homes to the ground. Preparing for a three o’clock kick off, we had already booked our coach and a pre-match meal at a hotel close to Bristol, as we want to prepare professionally for a difficult away fixture.
“Also, and importantly, I felt our supporters who will travel in good numbers had already made travel arrangements including train and coach times being booked, and would struggle with the suggested kick-off time. We fully appreciate the request from the BBC and the fact that Paulton Rovers were happy to oblige, but for the above reasons we reluctantly had to say no.”