FA set to reject Chelsea's pleas to move Wembley Cup semi to Friday
12:06 GMT, 27 March 2012
The Football Association are likely to reject any request by Chelsea for their FA Cup semi-final to be brought forward 48 hours should they reach the Champions League semi-final.
The Blues play the first leg of their quarter-final against Benfica in Lisbon on Tuesday night and are already looking ahead to a potential fixture pile up if they make it through to the next round.
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The club are scheduled to play their
FA Cup semi-final on April 15, which will be just three days before the
first match of a Champions League semi-final against either Barcelona or
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The club are understood to be
considering asking the FA to switch the game against Tottenham or
Bolton, who play their rescheduled quarter-final on Tuesday night, to
the Friday instead so as to give them more time to recover.
But the FA are unlikely to move the fixture and force the game to go ahead at Wembley on April 15.
Any hope of playing on the Saturday
disappeared when Liverpool got through because April 15 marks the
anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster and the club have not played a
game on that date since the tragedy in 1989.
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Roberto di Matteo has complained English sides do not get the same
backing from the governing bodies when it comes to moving fixtures as
other European Leagues give their clubs.