EXCLUSIVE: Premier League clubs REJECT plans to wear uniforms at home games to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, despite widespread backlash from the top flight.
- Homeless Charity Shelter Hopes Absence Kit Application Raises Funds and Awareness
- The Premier League rejected plans for home teams to wear away uniforms
- High-level clubs have rejected the proposal despite support from some
Premier League clubs have rejected plans to wear uniforms at home games to raise awareness and funds for the homeless.
As MailOnline revealed, Shelter asked game hosts on December 26 and 27 to don their change strips as part of a large-scale campaign to raise awareness and funds for a rapidly growing issue.
The idea was supported by some, who approached the top flight to ask for permission, but saw their applications rejected.
Premier League clubs have rejected plans to wear uniforms at home games to raise funds for the homeless.
Premier League chiefs said the proposal broke the rules, adding that while clubs could support the charity, they would not be allowed to change their uniforms.
That decision sparked a widespread backlash, and at today’s meeting of the senior clubs, the matter came to a close under “any other business”.
Insiders, however, say the clubs agreed to comply with the Premier League ruling.
The position of the Premier League is in direct contrast to that of the EFL, which has no objection to its teams changing teams.
Two clubs, Cardiff and Portsmouth, have already obtained the permit and two more are understood to have done so since then.
Around 19 have now expressed their desire to use the change kits for the No Home Kit campaign, with more to be featured after Sportsmail coverage.
Tottenham are among the clubs playing at home on Boxing Day and would have played in their away uniform if Shelter’s proposals were approved.
Some have questioned the position of the Premier League. The competition says rule M.22.1 states that “the first priority for local clubs will be their home band.” But section M also states that “before the start of each season, each club will assign a different jersey number to each member of its first team.”
This season, Edinson Cavani took the number seven jersey at Manchester United, but the Premier League subsequently gave the club a waiver from reassigning the number to Cristiano Ronaldo, whose brand is called CR7, after he signed for Juventus.
Those who will play at home on Boxing Day are Liverpool, Wolves, Burnley, Manchester City, Norwich, Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa and Brighton, while Newcastle host Manchester United on December 27.
They can choose to support Shelter in other ways, such as wearing T-shirts in the warm-up.