The FA have confirmed Chelsea’s FA Cup semi final against Manchester City will go ahead as planned on Saturday with a 5.30pm kick off.
After the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip on Friday, reports had emerged on Monday that the Blues match at Wembley could be brought forward owing to the timing of Prince Philip’s funeral.
That is set to take place at 3pm on Saturday and as a result, the Premier League match between Wolves and Sheffield United has been pushed back to an 8.15pm kick off as a mark of respect.
Newcastle United’s home match against West Ham United will remain as scheduled at 12.30pm at St James’ Park.
The Blues and City face off in the last four of the FA Cup at 5.30pm the same day and the match could have been brought forward, however the FA has decided to stick with the original time after discussions.
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The second semi final between Leicester City and Southampton will be played on Sunday at Wembley with a 6.30pm kick off.
In a statement, the FA said: “We have consulted with Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the funeral arrangements of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and sporting fixtures on Saturday 17 April 2021.
“As a mark of respect, we will be recommending that no football fixtures take place between 2.45pm and 4.15pm, a minute’s silence is observed before matches are played and black armbands are worn. All flags at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park will also fly at half-mast.
“The Emirates FA Cup semi-final between Chelsea and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium will be played as scheduled at 5.30pm and the Vitality Women’s FA Cup fourth round fixture between Manchester City Women and Aston Villa Women will be brought forward to 12noon in agreement with both clubs.
“Fixtures scheduled for 3pm in the…