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Meeting with Metropolitan Police and update from British Transport Police and the FA.

 

Spirit Of Shankly has been invited by the FSF to attend a meeting, taking place this Friday 20th April in London, with the Metropolitan Police.
 
The purpose of the meeting is to report on fans experiences from the semi-final and to discuss the forthcoming final against Chelsea. While we appreciate this is short notice we would ask our members to advise us of any issues they have arising from last Saturday concerning the Metropolitan Police. These can be positive and well as negative experiences, as the aim is to adopt good practice and address bad practice ahead of the final. 
 
Please advise us of any issues by 9pm on Thursday night at the very latest via admin@spiritofshankly.com
 
We would like to thank the FSF and Metropolitan Police for this opportunity to meet with them and raise the relevant issues.
 
We have also had contact with the British Transport Police who have released a statement explaining Virgin trains/ Network rails decision for the disruption on the weekend of the final and you can read the statement at the bottom of this page.
 
In addition we have been advised by the FA regarding the decision on the kick off time for this year's final which is adding to the transport disruption for Liverpool fans. They have said:
 
"The football authorities finalised the domestic calendar over 12 months ago. It was always known that there would be a full league programme as well as the Cup Final that weekend.
 
We stated on record at the end of last season’s final that we were looking at a later kick-off time after an FA review of the competition with fans and broadcasters. Research showed that 5.15pm was more appealing than 3pm. 5.15pm obviously gives people a chance to attend or play in a game earlier that day before watching The Final on TV. The later time also maximises a bigger domestic and global TV audience for broadcasters.
 
Whilst our sympathies are with anyone who will face travel difficulties, it should also be noted that the percentage of supporters that travel on the train network to Wembley is traditionally very small, compared to those who travel by road."
 

British Transport Police Statement

 
Travel advice for Liverpool football fans: FA Cup Final at Wembley - Saturday 5 May 2012
 
Virgin Trains is warning Liverpool football fans that there are no realistic options for return train travel from London after the FA Cup Final on Saturday 5 May. 
 
Major route improvement works by Network Rail over the Bank Holiday weekend will mean extensive route closures.
 
Passengers from Liverpool to London on Saturday 5 May will need to travel via Manchester or Chester, or use Stoke-on-Trent station but the decision by the Football Association for a 17:15 kick-off means there are no options for fans to return north the same day after the game.
 
With the route out of London closed on Sunday 6 May, the earliest that fans could return to Liverpool would be on Monday 7 May.
 
A Virgin Trains spokesman said: "We always try and help football fans get to and from matches on our network, and did this very successfully for Everton and Liverpool supporters travelling to the semi-final. However, on this occasion, as we explained to the FA, the choice of both a 17:15 kick off and the staging of the FA Cup Final on a Bank Holiday weekend when Network Rail had already planned essential route improvement works means we cannot offer fans the level of train service they have come to expect."


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