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FA facing UEFA fine after arranging Arsenal’s replay at Hull on Champions League night

26 Feb

But in an attempt to minimize the impact on the European action, the match on March 8 will start at 7pm after the FA rejected the prospect of a 5.45pm kick off.

The FA consulted with UEFA over arranging the clash for Tuesday week, with the game deciding who faces Watford in the quarter-finals the following weekend, before Arsene Wenger’s side travel to Barcelona for the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash.

Despite the talks, it is understood UEFA may still punish the FA for breaking the rules with Wolfsburg playing Gent and Real Madrid facing Roma on the same night.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn appeared to call for leniency from UEFA today, with the difficulty finding a date for the replay caused largely by Arsenal’s involvement in the Champions League.

The Gunners play their second-leg against Barcelona eight days after the trip to Hull.

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