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The Spurs manager has blasted the timing of the final between Manchester City and Stoke this year, with four Premier League games being played earlier in the day

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is unhappy to see the FA Cup final being played on a day when other Premier League matches are also taking place.

Four league matches kick off at 12:45 on Saturday, with Manchester City and Stoke's FA Cup final at 15:00.

And the former Portsmouth boss believes that the history of the competition is being ruined due to the scheduling, which was caused due to the Champions League final taking place at Wembley on May 28.

"It is nothing but a scandal that Premier League games are being played on Saturday - the same day as the final this season," Redknapp wrote in a column for The Sun.

"It's now just another match. Not the showpiece at the end of the season that meant so much, not just to football supporters but to the whole country.

"This week's FA Cup final now will mean virtually nothing except to the fans of Stoke and Manchester City. It's become an after-thought and what a sorry state of affairs that is.

"The Cup final must contend with the prospect of Manchester United winning the Premier League a few minutes before the match even kicks off at Wembley."

He added: "Yes, I know the Champions League final is at Wembley on May 28.

"I am told UEFA demands a 'clean' stadium for the fortnight before the big event.

"That means an empty Wembley for two weeks.

"But surely this Saturday could have been kept clear of Premier League games out of respect for the oldest cup competition in the world. Instead it is now sandwiched between a packed program of Premier League games, two weeks before the Champions League final."

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