Liverpool council leader writes to FA over Cup concerns

Joe Anderson, the leader of Liverpool City Council, has written to the Football Association to ask for answers as to why more tickets for the Merseyside derby FA Cup semi-final are not made available to supporters, and why the kick-off time was scheduled for 12.30pm, the Liverpool Echo has reported.

Both clubs have received around 31,000 tickets for the Wembley fixture, but with Everton’s last home gate standing at around 32,000 and Liverpool’s at over 44,000, a significant number of match-going fans are going to miss out on tickets. Meanwhile, Anderson, an Everton season ticket holder, has criticised the 12.30pm start time as it means some supporters will have to leave Merseyside at 5am to ensure they reach London in time for the match.

The FA defended the kick-off time as the only point a safe journey to the capital could be guaranteed due to railway works, while adding the governing body wanted to ensure supporters could return to Merseyside at a decent time to attend Hillsborough memorial services the next day.

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