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Published: 15:52 | 3/3/16

United-Liverpool kick-off moved


The kick-off time for the Europa League second-leg clash between Manchester United and Liverpool on March 17 has been moved back to 8.05pm.

The game at Old Trafford had been scheduled for 6pm, but UEFA has agreed to move the kick-off time following a request by Trafford Council, citing safety concerns.

Midweek games in England generally kick-off later in the evening and Trafford Council were not in a position to provide the personnel required to cope with the large volumes of crowds during rush hour.

In a statement to Press Association Sport, Trafford Council explained: "Following an approach from Manchester United Football Club, Trafford Council's Safety Advisory Group have written to UEFA highlighting that it would not be safe to hold this fixture at 6pm with spectators in the stadium.

"This is due to problems with the club being able to ensure that the required numbers of security, stewarding and medical staff would be available due to the proposed early kick-off time.

"The Safety Advisory Group and Manchester United have no concerns with the fixture being played at the alternative time of 8.05pm on the same date."

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