Hull City’s Steve Bruce has expressed anger at UEFA after last night’s 1-1 FA Cup draw against Brighton meant the replay will be played just 48 hours after an important Premier League game.
Hull saved themselves from embarrassment when Yannick Sagbo cancelled out Leonardo Ulloa’s clever opener with a swift strike, despite Brighton’s many chances to kill off the game. The draw results in a replay, which can only be played on Monday 24th February due to UEFA regulations.
Hull play Cardiff City in a crunch game on the Saturday afternoon, and would prefer to play the replay on the Tuesday night, but UEFA rules say that games cannot be played on the same night as a UEFA Champions League Match Day.
This has brought an explosive reaction from the former Crystal Palace and Sunderland manager, who scathed: “I find that ridiculous, I have to tell you. Surely we could play on the same night as the Champions League, you would have thought.
“It is quite a bizarre one, isn’t it? For them to say to the FA that we can’t play the same night as they are playing the Champions League. I don’t think there will be many tuning out of Barcelona against Manchester City to tune into Hull versus Brighton, no disrespect.”
Brighton themselves have a huge game on the Saturday against FA Cup holder Wigan Athletic, and boss Oscar Garcia agrees with Bruce. He raged: “I don’t think it is good for anybody to play two games in three days, but it is what we have to do and we will do it.”
“Of course it is not the best scenario for us, but the competition is like this.”