Jurgen Klopp SLAMS FA’s ‘most ridiculous’ FA Cup semi-final travel planning


Jurgen Klopp SLAMS FA’s ‘most ridiculous’ FA Cup semi-final travel planning as he questions how this can happen despite knowing there would be no trains running from the north west on that weekend 18 months ago

  • Jurgen Klopp slams the FA for their ‘most ridiculous’ semi-final travel plans 
  • 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 
  • The governing body will provide buses for up to 5,000 fans to travel down
  • Klopp asks how this could happen with this information known 18 months ago

Jurgen Klopp has strongly criticised the Football Association over Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final travel difficulties, calling it ‘one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard’.

The Reds will take on Manchester City at Wembley on April 16 despite engineering works meaning no trains are running on the West Coast Mainline for the whole Easter weekend.

The FA is putting on free coaches for up to 5,000 Liverpool and City fans but getting to London will undoubtedly be a challenge for supporters with tickets.

Jurgen Klopp has slammed the FA for their ‘most ridiculous’ FA Cup semi-final travel plans

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

Speaking ahead of the Reds’ Premier League clash with Watford on Saturday, Liverpool boss Klopp said: ‘It’s one of the most ridiculous stories I ever heard.

‘I heard that they know it since 18 months. I’m not sure what the FA thought. No club from the north west will be part of the semi-finals? I really can’t believe that things like this can happen with all the information you have out there.

‘I heard the FA – probably we’ll do it as well – put on some coaches on the road, but what is it, usually four and a half hours to London, it will be then 12 probably because all the coaches are in the same direction. It makes absolutely no sense.

The FA 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 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

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

‘I’m not sure when they had to decide when is the semi-finals. I think there would have been probably another weekend between the Champions League games. 

‘At least then all the fans could have gone to Wembley and now they can’t, or it’s more difficult.

‘On the other hand, how I know our people, they will find a way. I’m just really not happy that somebody made it complicated for them. It should be easier to go and see your football team in a semi-final.’

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