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Fans dismayed as 2024 FA Cup semi-final dates are released

The dates and kick-off times of both upcoming FA Cup semi-final ties have now been released and, as usual, the announcement has sparked outrage from supporters, especially from two of the fanbases in particular.

The two fixtures in question are Chelsea vs Manchester City and Coventry City vs Manchester United.

2024 FA Cup semi-finals shared between BBC and ITV

FA Cup semi-final fixtures released
Chelsea vs Manchester City will take place on April 20, while Coventry City vs Manchester United will take place on April 21. Photo by Icon Sport

Chelsea vs Manchester City

Interestingly, there has been at least one of these two sides in the FA Cup final every single season since the 2015/16 campaign, and with the pair meeting in the semis this time around, that remarkable tradition is guaranteed to continue.

A kick-off time of 5:15pm on April 20 has been confirmed for the fixture, with the BBC handed live broadcasting rights for the game.

Pep Guardiola's side will of course come into the game as massive favourites, but, with the Citizens's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Real Madrid scheduled for just three days earlier – a game that is likely to be highly taxing, there are reasons as to why Chelsea fans should be looking forward to the game.

One supporter of the West London club certainly believes so anyway, taking to X, formerly Twitter, to say: “That's awesome news! I'm so excited for Chelsea's #EmiratesFACup semi-final against Manchester City. It's going to be a thrilling match! Let's hope Chelsea brings their A-game and secures a spot in the final!”

Coventry City vs Manchester United

Boy is there an upset on the cards in this game. The Red Devils are vulnerable even at their best, so there is every chance this dangerous Coventry City side, aided by momentum and the magic of the FA Cup, could shock the footballing pyramid in this tie.

April 21 is the day of reckoning, with a kick-off time of 3:30pm having been confirmed. With BBC securing live broadcasting rights for the first semi-final, this fixture will have live coverage shown on ITV.

However, whilst this should be a joyous occasion for supporters of Coventry, many are outraged by the fact that their side then plays Hull City two days later – yes just two days – on April 23. One fan took to social media to say: “Absolute joke. Always putting big 6 clubs first.”

While even sections of the Manchester United faithful were dismayed at the announcement, highlighting the fact that Chelsea, the only side situated in the same city as Wembley, have been afforded the privilege of playing on the Saturday – the day on which it is easier for fans to travel via public transport.


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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