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Crystal Palace criticise decision to opt for evening FA Cup tie at Brighton

• London club frustrated by reduced ticket allocation for derby fixture
• ‘We assumed good sense would prevail and it would be early daytime kick-off’

Crystal Palace have expressed dismay at the decision to play their FA Cup third-round tie at Brighton & Hove Albion on a Monday evening, and frustration that their allocation of tickets will again be dramatically reduced for the derby fixture.

A safety advisory group, comprising representatives from Albion, Sussex police, other emergency services, transport providers and other partners had sought a lunchtime kick-off, only for planned engineering works on the Brighton mainline to prompt them to opt for Monday evening. Although that has allowed BT Sport to televise the game, Palace have insisted they could have provided their fans with free coach travel to negate the impact of the rail issues.

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