Fans poised for FA Cup semis ticket news
Published 22:29 28/03/12 By Darren Lewis
FA Cup fever will sweep London and Merseyside over the next 48
hours as fans find out their club's allocation for next month's semi-finals.
In a mouthwatering weekend of football, Liverpool face Everton on Saturday April 14, and Chelsea play Tottenham 24 hours later.
The Reds play first after refusing to contest the fixture on the Sunday, which is the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Chelsea, meanwhile, have had a request for their game to be moved forward to the Friday night - to give them more time to prepare for a potential Champions League semi-final first leg the following midweek - denied.
It is understood the FA are keen not to leave themselves open to claims
of bias, given that, if Chelsea should win the Champions League, the team that finishes fourth in the Premier League will be denied a place in next season's competition.
The FA are in talks with the police and broadcasters to determine
kick-off times for both high-profile fixtures.
It is the first time since 1993 that the last four of the FA Cup has been
fought out as two derbies.
Back then, Sheffield Wednesday beat their Steel City neighbours United and eventual winners Arsenal saw off Spurs.