Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believed that the FA Cup semi-final between Manchester City and Liverpool should have been switched from Wembley. The FA has provided fans with 100 free buses for the game. Both clubs requested the final venue to be changed after the mayor from both cities revealed that there would be no trains running to London that weekend. The FA have also pledged free return buses for the Manchester City fans that will attend the Women’s FA Cup semi-final against West Ham.
“I think this time, I’ve been thinking a bit more about the fans. In many ways, it’s their day, and not being able to get down to London for different reasons – the cost of that… in my head, it would make sense obviously to change it to a [different] neutral venue, especially with it being two teams from the north-west,” Jordan Henderson said about the FA Cup final venue. “That’s just my opinion. There are obviously complications within that, I’m sure, which the FA have got to overcome but looking at the fans – which is probably the most important thing for me and something that we’ve learned over the past couple of years how important the fans are to football – it is really disappointing to see that it’s a struggle and it’s got to be expensive for them to get there.”
“I love playing at Wembley – I would like to keep Wembley for finals anyway,” he added. “I think that was quite exciting, quite good and then obviously the final at Wembley to make it extra special.”
“The FA recognizes the significant challenges that are being faced by some Liverpool and Manchester City supporters with train services being severely limited,” an FA statement read. “Hundreds of miles of unessential roadworks will be put on hold to help supporters enjoy the occasion and enhance their journeys.”