Leanne Kiernan’s hopes of a bumper Wembley Stadium for the Women’s FA Cup final have taken a nose dive.
Kiernan’s West Ham United face Manchester City in the Women’s FA Cup Final on Saturday May fifth, kick-off set for 5.30.
West Ham’s men’s team face Southampton in the London Olympic stadium at three o’clock the same day, the club’s final premier league home game of the season.
On Wednesday the premier league declined West Ham’s request to bring their game with Southampton forward to 12.30pm.
West Ham say the premier league had told them any kick-off change would be a “potential inconvenience” to fans.
A statement on the West Ham United website said;
To give supporters the chance to attend both that game and West Ham United’s women’s FA Cup final fixture against Manchester City at Wembley later that day (5.30pm), the Club had requested for the clash with the Saints to be brought forward to 12.30pm.
Despite the Club’s very best efforts, it was decided by the Premier League that it wouldn’t be possible due to the potential inconvenience caused to supporters who had already planned their journeys and purchased tickets.
Therefore, the game will remain at the originally scheduled time of 3pm.