Will you be watching the FA Cup final?
Saturday’s final between Manchester City and Stoke City will be the first time since 1954 that league fixtures have been played on the same day as the traditional finale of the domestic season, raising concerns that the competition risks being overshadowed.
Four Premier League games will kick-off at 12.45pm on Saturday, with the remaining five shifted to Sunday, and FA chairman David Bernstein confirmed yesterday that there would be a similar clash next season.
The FA has had to bring this year’s final forward because of Uefa’s requirement that Wembley be available to it two weeks before the Champions League final.
Next summer’s European Championship finals means a similar clash is inevitable.
The FA wants to provide England manager Fabio Capello with a four-week window before the Euros start on June 8, meaning the last day of the season can be no later than Sunday, May 13.