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Southampton v Chelsea match rearranged due to FA Cup clash
3:10pm Wednesday 13th March 2013 in Sport
Saints have expressed their frustration at having their home match against Chelsea moved back to its original date of Saturday, March 30.
Chelsea and Manchester United face a quarter-final replay in that competition, after last weekend's 2-2 draw at Old Trafford, but had no obvious dates in which to play it, due to international fixtures and the Blues' Europa League involvement.
To resolve the pile-up, it has been agreed that the cup tie will be held on Monday, April 1, meaning the encounter between Saints and Chelsea has been bumped from the Sunday back to the Saturday, with a 3pm kick-off.
Saints have made it clear they are unhappy with the decision.
"The game had already been moved once for the purposes of live Sky TV coverage – to Sunday 31st March – however, the Premier League have deemed it acceptable to move the fixture once more," the club said in a statement on their website.
They added: "The club is extremely disappointed that this decision has been taken; not least because of the significant inconvenience a second change to the fixture will cause our supporters. Due to the move, this match will now not be broadcast live on TV."