Fulham-Liverpool fixture to go ahead
Fulham's Premier League home clash with Liverpool will go ahead as planned on Wednesday night after unions suspended a strike on the London Underground.
The club had said they would delay a decision on staging their Liverpool clash until 3pm on Tuesday but, following the announcement that the industrial action had been cancelled, they declared the match would go ahead as planned.
Members of the RMT and TSSA unions were due to walk out at 9pm on Tuesday night following a two-day stoppage last week which caused travel chaos in the capital.
RMT general secretary Bob Crow said unions had received proposals that halted implementation of job cuts, so that discussions can be held "away from the pressure cooker."
The unions are campaigning against controversial plans to close all 260 Tube ticket offices with the loss of 950 jobs.
Just minutes prior to the announcement by the RMT union that it was joining the TSSA in suspending a planned 48-hour strike, Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen expressed his confidence that the game would go ahead regardless.
The Cottagers' boss said the potential tube cessation had not affected his side's preparation for their league showdown with Brendan Rodgers' Anfield outfit.
"As far as I am concerned the game will go ahead," Meulensteen told his prematch news conference. "It has not been too much of a concern to us, it's not something we could allow to affect us."
Liverpool owner John W Henry waded into the row over Fulham delaying their decision on whether to postpone the match due to transport concerns with a tweet on Tuesday morning. Henry tweeted: "Arsenal, West Ham and Leyton Orient all ready for the strike but not Fulham?"
Arsenal, West Ham and Leyton Orient all ready for the strike but not Fulham?— John W. Henry (@John_W_Henry) February 11, 2014
Fulham put their waiting game purely down to prudence to ascertain whether all support staff could travel to the match to ensure supporter safety.