The match between Manchester United and Chelsea on October 22 will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Premier League has confirmed the game’s start time, although United’s allotment of away tickets has been lowered from 2,994 to 2,499. The Metropolitan Police sought to decrease United’s allocation to 1,500, but talks led to a compromise amount.
United has written the following letter to the 2,994 fans already allocated tickets for the Stanford Bridge clash. The letter reads: “Dear supporters, The Premier League has today confirmed that our forthcoming away match against Chelsea will take place at Stamford Bridge on Saturday 22nd October, with a 5.30pm kick-off.
“In recent days we have been in consultation with the Premier League and Chelsea FC after the Metropolitan Police proposed a reduction in our away allocation due to policing concerns.
“The police initially sought to cut our allocation from 2,994 to 1,500. We have strongly opposed any reduction and worked with Chelsea to present a range of mitigations to the local Safety Advisory Group, which we believe could have allowed the game to proceed safely with our full allocation of fans.Jamb Result
“Unfortunately, the police have continued to insist on a reduction. However, we have succeeded in increasing the allocation to 2,370.
While we are very disappointed by this outcome and believe it is unjustified, it is clear it is a final decision. We are now urgently considering options for how to manage the removal of 624 tickets from the original allocation which had already been agreed with Chelsea and sold.“