UEFA regulations mean replay must take place on April 7th or 8th.
Liverpool have been hit with the odd situation that their FA Cup sixth round replay with Blackburn won’t take place until a month’s time – because league fixtures now take precedence over the cup competition.
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Liverpool’s trip to Swansea next Monday, therefore, will not face a re-schedule, and the FA have reached an agreement with the Premier League and Football League for the replay to take place at Ewood Park on either the 7th or 8th April.
Reading boss Steve Clarke and Bradford City manager Phil Parkinson have complained that their replay at the Madejski Stadium has been scheduled for next Monday – just two days before both clubs are due for league action – and Rodgers admits he is happy to wait a month, rather than face such pressure.
“I believe the replay is early April, the 7th or 8th,” Rodgers was quoted by the Daily Mail.
“It is certainly not what it is for Reading and Bradford. That is unbelievable. I feel for them, having to play Saturday and again on Monday. It is incredible. It’s unfair for both clubs with so much at stake. I feel sorry for Parky and for Steve and for the players.”