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Manchester City fans react to rescheduled Brighton match

The TV selections have been made for the Premier League matches in the last two weekends of April.

However, Manchester City are unhappy with the information provided on their rescheduled away trip to Brighton & Hove Albion.

‘Minor disgrace’ – Short notice for Manchester City supporters

City’s away match at Brighton has been rescheduled to Thursday, April 25, as it was originally meant to take place on the weekend of the FA Cup quarter-final. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Newcastle 2-0 and progressed to the semi-final.

However, the Premier League also provided the following information on the upcoming game at the Amex Stadium: “This will move to 20:00 Wed 24 April should Man City be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April.”

This has not gone down well with City fans, who have bemoaned the lack of clarity from the Premier League. @AmosMurphy_ said: “This is nothing short of a minor disgrace. City’s away game against Brighton rescheduled for Thurs 25th April. But if City progress into the CL semis, that could be rearranged again to Weds 24th April with less than a week’s notice. Scandalous decision.” @paddrr_ said: “I cant believe the club dont have any say or just let it happen. If they put brighton on the Tue or wed then forest saturday it makes sense? Probably too much sense though.”

City face Real Madrid in a two-legged Champions League quarter-final in April with the second leg at the Etihad Stadium taking place on April 17. If they progress, a semi-final first-leg tie against Arsenal or Bayern Munich awaits, which could lead to further rescheduling of the Brighton match.

@PhilBlundell said: “Manchester City and Brighton find out if they’re playing on a Wednesday or a Thursday on the previous Wednesday. Not like any City fans need to sort time off work, or hotels, or trains.”

Uncertainty over Forest trip

In a club statement, City said: “Also changing dates is our trip to face Nottingham Forest, which is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 28 April with a 16:30 (UK) kick-off for coverage on Sky Sports in the UK.

“However, should City reach the Champions League semi-final and play the first leg on Tuesday 30 April, our game against Forest will be played on Saturday 27 April with a 17:30 (UK) kick-off.”

Premier League schedule in full:

Kick-offs 15:00 unless stated. All times BST.

Saturday 20 April 2024
Luton Town v Brentford
Sheff Utd v Burnley
19:30 Wolves v Arsenal (Sky Sports)

Sunday 21 April 2024
13:30 Everton v Nott'm Forest (Sky Sports)
Aston Villa v AFC Bournemouth*
Crystal Palace v West Ham*
16:30 Fulham v Liverpool (Sky Sports)
*Due to Aston Villa & West Ham being in UEFA competitions

Tuesday 23 April 2024
20:00 Arsenal v Chelsea (TNT Sports)
(Previously postponed due to participation in FA Cup sixth round)

Wednesday 24 April 2024
19:45 Wolves v AFC Bournemouth
20:00 Crystal Palace v Newcastle
20:00 Everton v Liverpool (Sky Sports)*
20:00 Man Utd v Sheff Utd
(All previously postponed due to participation in FA Cup sixth round)
*Kick-off time subject to change if Brighton v Man City moves to this day

Thursday 25 April 2024
20:00 Brighton v Man City (Sky Sports)*
(Previously postponed due to participation in FA Cup sixth round)
*This will move to 20:00 Wed 24 April should Man City be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April

Saturday 27 April 2024
12:30 West Ham v Liverpool (TNT Sports)
(This will move to 14:00 Sun 28 April should Arsenal be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April)
Fulham v Crystal Palace
Man Utd v Burnley
Newcastle v Sheff Utd
Wolves v Luton Town
17:30 Everton v Brentford (Sky Sports)
(This will move to 16:30 Sun 28 April should Man City be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April)
20:00 Aston Villa v Chelsea (TNT Sports)

Sunday 28 April 2024
14:00 AFC Bournemouth v Brighton
(Moved due to Brighton v Man City on Thu 25 April)
14:00 Spurs v Arsenal (Sky Sports)
(This will move to 12:30 Sat 27 April should Arsenal be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April)
16:30 Nott'm Forest v Man City (Sky Sports)
(This will move to 17:30 Sat 27 April should Man City be scheduled to play in the Champions League on Tue 30 April)


Will Murray

Freelance football journalist. Experience writing for When Saturday, Comes, Goalkeeper.com, Elite Scholars and Total Football Analysis. Recently finished an MA in Sport Journalism at the University of Brighton. Long-time season ticket holder at the two-time European Champions Nottingham Forest.

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