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New changes on the community shield to avoid boycotts from Manchester City fans

New changes on the community shield to avoid boycotts from Manchester City fans

To prevent a walkout by supporters of Manchester City and Arsenal, the Community Shield start time has been advanced to 4pm.

The annual match between the FA Cup winners and Premier League champions was scheduled to start at 5:30, infuriating fans. The idea of having to go to Wembley on a Sunday evening did not sit well with the supporters of either club.

Arsenal, who placed second in the league last season, will be City’s competition since they won both the Premier League and the FA Cup. At the King Power Stadium in Leicester, Liverpool defeated Pep Guardiola’s team 3-1 in last year’s Community Shield match.

If the Community Shield game wasn’t moved up, the Football Supporters’ Association (FSA) told the Football Association (FA) that there would “undoubtedly” be empty seats at Wembley. It’s unclear whether the change has satisfied the FSA.

The 2023 FA Community Shield match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Wembley Stadium will now begin on Sunday, August 6, at 16:00 BST, according to a statement from the FA. Following discussions with our broadcast partners, the local government, the police, and the rival clubs, an earlier kickoff time has been decided upon for the traditional “curtain raiser” of the domestic season.

“Following careful consideration of the transportation issues faced by spectators traveling back to Manchester after the game, the decision to postpone the kickoff time was made. At the earliest opportunity, ticketing information for the 2023 FA Community Shield will be released.

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Manchester City haven’t won the Community Shield since 2019

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One organization that objected to the early kickoff time was City fan group 1894. “1894 urge you to join us in boycotting the Community Shield match against Arsenal on August 6,” the statement stated. Due to the lengthy journey times from Manchester, many devoted fans find it difficult to attend the 5:30pm kickoff.

“It’s time match-going fans were given prominence rather than just a passing consideration. We want to send a clear message about the impact scheduling has on fans to the FA and ITV, the fixture’s broadcasters, by boycotting this game.

“By staying away from the stadium as a group, we will express our unhappiness and push for future game times that are more equitable. Although we appreciate your devotion to and passion for the city, we think that our combined efforts will result in constructive change. We kindly urge supporters to donate to the MCFC Foodbank or another nearby charity a minimum of £10 or the price of a match ticket.

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