Nandy blasts FA for late kick off time in cup final

Lisa Nandy

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WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy has sent a letter to the FA venting her frustration at the late kick-off time for Wigan’s FA Cup final next month.

The game against Manchester City will kick off at 5.15pm, making it nigh on impossible for Latics fans to catch the last train back to Wigan.

Ms Nandy has received numerous letters from supporters who are furious at the lack of consideration shown to travelling fans.

In a letter to the FA’s Chairman David Bernstein she said: “Numerous Latics supporters have contacted me to express their dismay at the late kick off time of 5.15pm.

“This is likely to cause inconvenience and disruption, and may prove to be prohibitively expensive if fans are forced to stay in London overnight.

“Many Latics supporters will be heading to Wembley for the first time, and may well have difficulty getting home after the final whistle. In addition both of the teams are from the North West which may exacerbate the pressure on public transport.”

The situation was the same last Saturday when Latics played Millwall in the semi-final at Wembley.

Ms Nandy has also voiced concern on the behalf of those who cannot afford overnight stay.

She told the Evening Post: “I have asked the FA why this decision was taken and what thought was given to the impact of the timing on the thousands of football fans who were looking forward to the game but may now be put off from attending.

“I have also sought assurances that arrangements will be put in place to ensure supporters who cannot afford to stay in London overnight or do not wish to, are able to get home after the match.”