Football fans left behind ahead of FA Cup semi-final

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The Football Association’s planning for the FA Cup semi-finals is “one of the most ridiculous stories I have ever heard”, said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds will meet Manchester City at Wembley on April 16. But planned engineering work on the West Coast Main Line this weekend means no trains are available for fans traveling from the North West to London.

“It makes absolutely no sense,” Klopp said. “I don’t know what the FA was thinking – no clubs from the North West will make the semi-finals?”

He added: “I really can’t believe things like this can happen with all the information you have.”

In a joint letter to the FA, the mayors of both towns said the game should be moved from Wembley. Manchester City secured 50 coaches to provide fans with subsidized trips to Wembley, before the FA announced it was providing free coaches for up to 5,000 Liverpool and City fans.

Each club received an allocation of 34,000 tickets for the game. Klopp continued: “I’ve heard the FA – we probably will too – put coaches on the road, but what is it, usually four and a half hours from London?

“It will then be 12, probably, because all the coaches are [travelling] In the same direction. “I don’t know when they had to decide when the semi-finals will be. (BBC Sports)

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