English FA Reschedules Community Shield Kick-Off Amid Bewildering Boycott Threats
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The FA announced on Tuesday that it would bring forward the kick-off time of the Community Shield match on August 6th. The ‘curtain-raiser’ of the English season, the Community Shield is typically played between the winners of the Premier League and the FA Cup. This year as Man City hold both those honours, they will face Premier League runners-up, Arsenal.
It was announced the time would be brought forward from 5:30pm BST to 4pm, after fans of both teams complained of “significant travel challenges” presented by getting Wembley Stadium on a Sunday evening.
The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) warned that there would be many empty seats at the match, if the organisers put TV broadcasters before real life fans. City fan group ‘WeAre1894’ called on supporters to boycott the fixture, as the time would stop many “loyal fans” from attending.
The FA said in their statement that the decision to move the kick-off time had been made “following consultation with our broadcast partners, the local authorities, police, and the competing clubs“.