Chelsea fears for fans over FA Cup kick-off time

The Guardian has reported that Chelsea fear the 6pm kick-off time for their FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham Hotspur will increase the potential for trouble between the two sets of supporters.

With Liverpool playing Everton in the other semi-final – but the Reds unable to play their fixture on the Sunday as it is the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster – Chelsea and Spurs were assigned the final game of the weekend. But the late kick-off time has irked the Blues, who, if they defeat Benfica on Wednesday, would face a Champions League semi-final meeting with either Barcelona or Milan just days after their FA Cup match.

The newspaper adds that Chelsea will voice their concern to the FA as one of many reasons they feel the kick-off time should be changed. While conceding that it is in Chelsea’s interest to have the game played earlier due to the quick turnaround of a potential Champions League match, the Guardian notes that Chelsea are concerned over other aspects of the scheduled start time, namely the late finish that would impinge on young supporters if the game went to extra-time and penalties and the possibility the late start would allow both sets of supporters longer to drink before the match, thereby increasing tensions between the fans.

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