EXCLUSIVE: Seventeen EFL clubs WILL wear their away kits at home on Boxing Day to raise funds and awareness for homeless charity Shelter… leaving the Premier League embarrassed after refusing the request
- Homeless charity Shelter hopes away kit request raises funds and awareness
- Clubs were left stunned after the Premier League refused their requests
- But 17 EFL clubs, with more likely to follow, will go ahead with the move anyway
- Tottenham are querying if top-flight bosses are able to block the request
Seventeen EFL clubs will wear their away kits at home to support a homeless charity campaign on Boxing Day, with more likely to follow, in a move which will embarrass the Premier League.
As Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday, Shelter have asked those hosting matches on December 26 and 27 to don their change strips as part of the No Home Kit initiative to raise awareness and funds for what is a rapidly increasing problem.
A number of the 10 top-flight clubs involved approached the Premier League but were told permission would not be forthcoming due to existing rules. That left them stunned and it is understood that Tottenham are querying whether competition bosses are within their rights to block the move.
Tottenham are among the clubs who play at home on Boxing Day, and are querying whether competition bosses are within their rights to block the move
Newcastle are among the clubs who would have been asked to wear their away kit the day after Boxing Day to support a homeless charity Shelter’s campaign
Now, in a development which will further ramp up pressure ahead of Thursday’s shareholder meeting, Sportsmail can reveal that a growing number of EFL sides will back the campaign and bosses will not stand in their way.
It is understood that both Portsmouth and Cardiff City have already been given permission, with 15 to follow from an ever-increasing number.
Meanwhile, some have queried the Premier League’s stance. Rules state that ‘the first priority for home clubs will be their home strip’ but also that ‘before the commencement of each season each club shall allocate a different shirt number to each member of its first-team squad’.
Manchester City would be among clubs asked to highlight homeless issues in their own area
This season, Edinson Cavani took the No 7 shirt at Manchester United but the Premier League gave dispensation for Cristiano Ronaldo to have the number after signing from Juventus.
One top-flight official, who did not wish to be named, said: ‘It appears it’s one rule for Ronaldo and another for a homeless charity.’
It remains to be seen whether a number of the Premier League sides can force a U-turn.
The Premier League gave dispensation for Cristiano Ronaldo to take the No 7 from Edinson Cavani