sport news Revealed: FA Cup Final kick-off time is set, with police NOT wanting a late ... trends now

sport news Revealed: FA Cup Final kick-off time is set, with police NOT wanting a late ... trends now
sport news Revealed: FA Cup Final kick-off time is set, with police NOT wanting a late ... trends now

sport news Revealed: FA Cup Final kick-off time is set, with police NOT wanting a late ... trends now

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The FA Cup final is set to kick off at 3pm next month creating a clash with rugby union’s European Champions Cup final and a scheduling nightmare for rights holders ITV

Mail Sport has learned that the Metropolitan Police do not want the Manchester derby to kick off any later due to the risk of crowd trouble at Wembley in the repeat of last year’s final, when the kick-off time was brought forward to 3pm from 5:15pm for the first time since 2011.

The FA’s preference is for early evening kick-offs as they generate bigger TV audiences in the UK and United States in particular, but sources at Wembley are resigned to the Cup final kicking off at its traditional 3pm start time. 

The kick-off time is expected to be confirmed later this week following talks between the FA, Met Police, Brent Council and TV rights holders BBC and ITV.

While a 3pm kick-off is likely to be welcomed by Manchester United and City fans travelling to London the decision will be a commercial blow for the FA and broadcasters, particularly ITV, due to the

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