Liverpool and Man City's FA Cup semi final WILL take place at Wembley on April 16 despite opposition from fans, with the FA putting on 100 free buses from the Etihad and Anfield because there are NO trains to London

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Liverpool and Man City's FA Cup semi final WILL take place at Wembley on April 16 despite opposition from fans, with the FA putting on 100 free buses from the Etihad and Anfield because there are NO trains to London

  • Liverpool and Man City play their FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley on April 16 
  • Closed railway lines to Euston mean no trains are running from the North West
  • Both sets of fans had called for the fixture to be moved to another stadium 
  • But the FA has confirmed the semi-final tie will still take place at Wembley 
  • The governing body will provide buses for up to 5,000 fans to travel down
  • Chelsea will play Crystal Palace in the second semi-final on Sunday April 17 

The FA has announced that it will charter 100 free buses from Anfield and the Etihad Stadium to Wembley and back to allow fans to attend Liverpool and Manchester City's semi-final cup tie.

Closed railway lines into London Euston over Easter weekend previously wreaked havoc for fans planning to travel for the semi final.

Fans of both clubs had piled the pressure on the FA and asked for a venue change, given no trains were running from either city to London that weekend.

However, the governing body confirmed on its website on Friday that the cup tie will still take place at Wembley on Saturday April 16.   

The provision of buses will allow up to 5,000 Liverpool and City supporters to travel to Wembley free of charge for the clash. 

They will also lift the blackout on English football’s 3pm kick off to allow the semi-final to be shown on television in the United Kingdom at 3.30pm, according to

The FA has also promised 'a number of free return bus services' for City fans attending the Women's FA Cup semi-final away at West Ham earlier that day.  

Manchester City and Liverpool will play their FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley on April 16

Manchester City and Liverpool will play their FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley on April 16

Manchester City and Liverpool will play their FA Cup semi-final tie at Wembley on April 16

The FA has announced it will provide 100 buses from Anfield and the Etihad to Wembley and back, after rail disruptions left fans unable to travel to the game

The FA has announced it will provide 100 buses from Anfield and the Etihad to Wembley and back, after rail disruptions left fans unable to travel to the game

Meanwhile, Crystal Palace will face Chelsea in the second semi-final tie at Wembley on Sunday April 17.  

Supporters felt let down by the governing body and were justifiably furious at what they believe is a complete lack of planning by the game’s governing body, with both sets of fans calling for the fixture to be moved from Wembley. 

Liverpool supporter group, the Spirit of Shankly, wanted their semi-final encounter to be moved to Old Trafford - despite Manchester United due to play Norwich at home that date - but the FA have refused to change the location.

Liverpool fans had called for the fixture to be moved away from Wembley to Old Trafford

Liverpool fans had called for the fixture to be moved away from Wembley to Old Trafford

Despite the provided buses, the rail disruptions have still left thousands of fans stranded with MP Graham Stringer highlighting that '50 to 60,000' supporters will have to travel by road during Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday. 

A return trip from Manchester, that includes changes and bus replacements, is almost impossible on the day — and subject to further disruption.

The prospect for Liverpool fans is bleaker, with Saturday’s last available train home out of King’s Cross scheduled for 7.35pm — and involving a tight five-minute change in Leicester.

London Euston (above) will have no running service due to pre-planned railway works

London Euston (above) will have no running service due to pre-planned railway works

Sir Peter Hendy, the chairman of Network Rail, the public body which overseas the UK's railways, confirmed on Wednesday that the FA were given fair warning of the disruption.

'We, Network Rail, had told the FA in 2019 that we were closing the West Coast main line,' he told MPs at a Transport Select Committee hearing.

'Yet they seem to have arranged a football match between Manchester (City) and Liverpool at Wembley on a day that we've effectively given the world two years' notice of the closure.' 

An industry source told The Times that Network Rail's forward planner had notified the FA of the proposed works in 2019 and reminded the governing body again six months ago. 

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