Southampton announced on their official club Twitter account on Thursday that their previously postponed Premier League clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium has been rearranged to three days before their FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea at Wembley, and Saints fans have been quick to react.
A new date for your diary…
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) March 22, 2018
The south coast outfit were due to face the Foxes on April 21, but that has now been put back two days after they beat Wigan Athletic 2-0 at the DW Stadium to reach the last four of the FA Cup on Sunday.
The news may come as a blow to Mark Hughes, who is reportedly targeting a £20m summer move for Stoke City playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, with his team battling against the drop as well as eyeing cup success, although there is a slight positive for them in the fact that Chelsea face a trip to Burnley on the same night.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the news, and while one labelled the decision as “scandalous”, another described it as a “complete joke”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
3 days before Wembley… What!
— ▪Ash▪ (@THE_SA1NTS) March 22, 2018
Wow thanks to whoever chose that date. What a joke!!
— Chantelle Cairney (@ChantelleC27) March 22, 2018
Nice 3 days before the semi 🙄
— Kieran Smith (@kierannkater98) March 22, 2018
Actually think it. Just over 2.5 days rest due to kick off times. Complete joke
— Josh Richards (@JoshR1988) March 22, 2018
3 days b4 fa cup semi final , give yourself a pat on the back…….!!!!!!…..well done..!!!!👏👏👏
— Cliff Yates (@CliffYates5) March 22, 2018
— Kevin (@Kevinsaints1989) March 23, 2018
What a joke that is, why can’t it be weds?????
— Eamon Hart (@eharty9) March 22, 2018
thats not fair
— kirsty💛🥀 (@ItsKirstyyy) March 22, 2018
Absolutely scandalous @premierleague !!!
— Antonio M. Vetere (@azzurro1961) March 22, 2018
That’s just bloody stupid gives players two days to then recover before a big semi final. Talk about Premier league favouring big teams to reach FA cup final. It’s a disgrace #saintsfc
— Paul Smith (@saintsmith80) March 22, 2018