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Fulham game at Chelsea to go ahead

last updated Wednesday 21st December 2011, 4:48 PM

Chelsea Football Club have confirmed that their Boxing Day fixture with Fulham will go ahead, despite the threat of a festive season transport strike around London.

The Premier League encounter had been thrown into doubt by the proposed strikes, which threaten to cause havoc for fans and workers alike on matchday. However, Chelsea are confident that contingency plans will see the day go without fuss.

A statement on the Blues' official website reads: "Following careful consideration, Chelsea Football Club's match against Fulham will take place as planned at 1pm on December 26.

"Due to the increased difficulty in getting to Stamford Bridge because of the tube strike we wanted to give fans as much notice as possible that the game will go ahead as scheduled.

"The club has examined the implications presented by the planned strike and has consulted with the Local Authority, Metropolitan Police and transport authorities.

"We recognise the duty of care we have to both sets of supporters and are confident we will provide a safe environment for fans to enjoy the local derby.

"We are conscious there were existing and publicised travel restrictions on this day and that many supporters will have made long-standing plans to attend the match over this holiday period.

"Supporters are advised to monitor transport websites and to allow plenty of time for their journeys. Buses will be operating a Sunday service throughout London and parking is free in resident/business permit and pay-and-display bays to the south of Hammersmith and Fulham Borough and in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. However, supporters are warned that yellow-line restrictions still apply in both boroughs despite it being a bank holiday."

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