The FA Cup final has been moved from London to Covent Garden to accommodate Arsenal supporters.
The FA Cup fifth round match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley was moved from the old Olympic Stadium in Covent Gardens to a more modern ground at Emirates Stadium in the west of England.
The match, which was played in front of a sell-out crowd of 6,074, was due to be played in London but was moved to the same ground as the FA Cup tie with Chelsea, which is currently on.
The move was not announced in advance by the FA.
The Wembley Stadium was already full when the match took place, so it is unlikely it will go back to its original capacity of 6-7,000 fans.
However, the stadium’s capacity will be significantly reduced to 6,000, which would be far below the capacity of Arsenal’s home game against Chelsea on 6 August, when Arsenal played a 2-1 win.
The change comes after fans of Chelsea and Manchester United were sent home from the Wembley Stadium on Saturday after fans attacked the players in a row.
The Arsenal supporters have been the target of numerous anti-racism and anti-discrimination incidents in the past, with some clubs banning supporters from certain areas of the stadium and other clubs requiring them to wear masks in order to enter the stadium.
The fixture will now be played at the Emirates Stadium, with the FA said to be “deeply disappointed” at the incident and to be taking the matter “very seriously”.
Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea will be played on the same day as the opening match of the FA cup, with a replay taking place at Wembley on 4 September.