Liverpool and Manchester City fans will receive 100 free buses for the Wembley FA Cup semi-final | Soccer News

The FA will provide 100 free buses to Liverpool and Manchester City fans traveling to Wembley for their FA Cup semi-final.

There have been calls from fans for the mayors of both cities to move the game as there are no direct trains to London from the North West over Easter weekend due to pre-planned engineering work .

To help with travel arrangements, the FA will offer up to 5,000 Liverpool and Manchester City fans a free trip to London for the match, which takes place on Saturday April 16.

Supporters traveling to watch Man City v West Ham in the Women’s FA Cup Semi-Final on the same date at the Chigwell Construction Stadium, east London, will also benefit from “a number of one-way bus services- free returns”.

A statement from the FA read: “The FA is pleased to announce that a limited number of free return bus services will be provided for the Emirates FA Cup and Vitality Women’s FA Cup Semi-Finals involving Liverpool and Manchester City on Saturday April 16 to support North West fans who wish to travel to and from London.

“The FA will charter 100 buses from Anfield and the Etihad Stadium respectively to Wembley Stadium and back. This will ensure that up to 5,000 Liverpool and Manchester City supporters can travel to Wembley Stadium for free for their semi-final.

“In addition, The FA is working with its National Highways partners to ensure road networks are operating as efficiently as possible over the Easter period. Hundreds of miles of non-essential roadwork will be suspended to help supporters enjoy opportunity and to improve their journeys, and these motorists are encouraged to ensure the condition of their vehicle before hitting the road.”

The FA rejects calls to change venue

The FA have rejected calls from two prominent North West politicians for the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool to be moved away from Wembley.

Groups of supporters of both clubs have complained that they had to travel to London for the last four clashes of the Easter weekend.

Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the mayors of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region respectively, wrote a joint letter to the FA earlier this week calling for a rethink and offered to help facilitate a change of venue. They say fans have been placed in an “unfair position” in the face of “excessive cost and inconvenience”.

The letter read: “Without fast and direct trains, many people will have no choice but to drive, fly, take overly complex train journeys or book overnight accommodation.

“When you factor in rising fuel costs, it’s clear that fans of both clubs attending this game will face undue cost and inconvenience – and that’s before any environmental impact is taken into account.

“There are also significant logistical and safety considerations. With thousands of fans making the long journey south, there will be large numbers of people converging on the M6, which is likely to be stretched to capacity by the traffic on public holidays A single accident would jeopardize the whole highway the motorway is at a standstill and the supporters miss the kick-off.

“Over the last year we have heard the slogan ‘football without fans is nothing’ several times. If this decision is upheld and people are either excluded from this game or unable to attend for other reasons, these words will be meaningless to many.

“We think the most obvious solution is to move the game to a more accessible stadium and offer to work constructively with you to make that happen.”

Liverpool match schedule:

To rearrange: Aston Villa premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 2 – Watford (H) premier league

April 5 – Benfica Champions League Qualifying first leg

April 10 – Manchester (a) premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 13 – Benfica (H) Champions League Qualifying second leg

April 16 – Manchester City (Wembley) FA Cup semi-final

April 19 – Manchester United (H) premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 24 – Everton (H) premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 26/27 – Villarreal/Bayern Munich Champions League SF first leg*

April 30 – Newcastle (a) premier league

May 3/4 – Villarreal/Bayern Munich SF Champions League second leg*

May 7 – Tottenham (H) premier league

May 14 – FA Cup Final*

May 15 – Southampton premier league

May 22 – Wolves (H) premier league

May 28 – Champions League Final *

* Subject to progress

Manchester City match schedule:

To rearrange: Wolves (a) premier league

April 2 – Burnley (a) premier league

April 5 – Atletico Madrid (H) Champions League Qualifying first leg

April 10 – Liverpool (H) premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 13 – Atletico de Madrid (a) Champions League Qualifying second leg

April 16 – Liverpool (Wembley), FA Cup semi-final

April 20 – Brighton premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

April 23 – Watford (H) premier league

April 26/27 – Chelsea/Real Madrid Champions League SF first leg*

April 30 – Leeds premier leaguelive on Sky Sports

May 3/4 – Chelsea/Real Madrid SF Champions League second leg*

May 7 – Newcastle (M) premier league

May 14 – FA Cup Final *

May 15 – West Ham (a) premier league

May 22 – Villa Aston (M) premier league

May 28 – Champions League Final *

* Subject to progress

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