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Cup Final fixture amendment request denied

Filed: Tuesday, 23rd April 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham United's attempt to bring forward their Premier League fixture with Southampton on Saturday, May 4 has been denied by the Premier League.

The Hammers had hoped to change their kick off time from 3.00pm to 12.30pm so that supporters could take in the Saints clash before either moving on to Wembley or catching West Ham United's women's team live on TV, when they face Manchester City in the FA Cup Final.

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However that request has been denied by the league, who insisted that it was too late to make amendments to the planned schedule.

"To give supporters the chance to attend both the Southampton game and West Ham United’s women’s FA Cup Final fixture against Manchester City at Wembley later that day (5.30pm), the club had requested for the clash with the Saints to be brought forward to 12.30pm," read a statement.

"Despite the club’s very best efforts, it was decided by the Premier League that it wouldn’t be possible due to the potential inconvenience caused to supporters who had already planned their journeys and purchased tickets. Therefore, the game will remain at the originally scheduled time of 3pm.

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"West Ham United is naturally disappointed but would like to thank all of our loyal supporters and sincerely appreciates the fantastic backing they give to all who pull on the famous claret and blue."

The explanation for the league's decision has however been met with a certain degree of scepticism, for the PL have in the past previously greenlighted changes to live TV schedules less than THREE WEEKS prior to a match taking place.

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