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Sheffield Utd vs Chelsea kick-off time moved

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Chelsea’s Premier League trip to Sheffield United next month has had its kick off time changed.

Chelsea were due to take on the blades at 1.30pm on April 7th but the match will now take place at 5.30pm on the same day.

A statement on the Sheffield United website said; “Following deliberation with Chelsea FC, the Premier League, Sheffield Council and South Yorkshire Police, the game will remain on Sunday 7th April now kick-off at 5.30pm with the aim of making it easier on the day for all fans to get to the game and then leave in a safe and timely manner afterwards.”

The game is not due for UK broadcast despite only one game being on tv that day.

The Chelsea Supporters Trust also issued the following statement in regards to the change;

“It has been announced that Sheffield United v Chelsea FC will now kick-off at 17:30 on Sunday 7 April. We have been informed that the change has had to be made due to the Sheffield Half Marathon which takes place earlier that day. There has been a suggestion that the decision makers were unaware of the Half Marathon when initially authorising the lunchtime kick-off, despite the Sheffield Half Marathon being a long standing event in the city centre.

In a season where Chelsea have kicked-off only four times at the traditional 3pm and have had many inconvenient kick-off timeslots (including the first XMAS Eve fixture in 28 years), this is just another kick in the teeth to loyal matchgoing supporters. This is the latest occasion of supporters being treated with disrespect, especially as this issue was totally foreseeable. Our message to all parties involved with fixture scheduling is clear, stop treating matchgoing supporters with total disrespect or risk stadiums becoming lifeless, soulless, and without passion.”

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