Arsenal FC’s Premier League match against Chelsea FC has been rescheduled, according to the Met Police.
Premier League Report:
The Premier League fixture between Arsenal FC and Chelsea FC has been rescheduled, according to a statement from the Met Police.
The match which was initially planned for Saturday, April 29, has been moved up three days, the Gunners announced on Tuesday night.
The police have now provided an explanation for this change and claim that their request to change the kickoff time on the same date was rejected.
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Their statement read: “The Met engaged with the Premier League, Arsenal Football Club and Islington Council, through a Safety Advisory Group since February, to negotiate an earlier weekend kick-off for the Arsenal FC vs Chelsea FC football match, when notified of the proposed television scheduling of 17:30hrs, on 29 April. This was as a preventative and proactive measure to help mitigate Antisocial Behaviour and crime associated with later weekend kick-offs.
“The Met suggested an earlier kick-off time on 29 April to minimise crime and disorder and the impact on fans, which was declined by football partners who instead chose to play the fixture on an alternative date. A new date of Tuesday 2 May at 20:00hrs has now been agreed.”
Currently six points ahead of Pep Guardiola‘s team, Arsenal FC are engaged in a fierce competition with Manchester City for the Premier League title this season. The meeting against Chelsea FC, who are now 11th in the standings, will take place a week after the Gunners’ game against Manchester City.