FA Cup final set to avoid clash with league games


LONDON (AP) -- The FA Cup final is unlikely to be played on the same day as any Premier League matches after all 20 clubs agreed to shift their fixtures to the following day.

Last May, for the first time in 50 years, the final was played on the same day as a topflight league program because the Champions League final was held at Wembley Stadium later in the month.

But the 20 club executives agreed Thursday to move their fixtures from Saturday, May 5, to the following day to avoid overshadowing the cup final.

British broadcaster Sky TV, however, could enforce its contractual right to show a Saturday lunchtime league match.