West Ham United said on Tuesday their request to bring forward their May 4 English Premier League match kick-off time against Southampton has been denied by the Premier League.
The club had wanted the shift so that their supporters could watch the women’s team in the FA Cup final later that day.
Their final home game against Southampton is scheduled to kick off at 1500 local time, while the women’s team face Manchester City at Wembley Stadium at 1730 on the same day.
The club tried to move the league match to 1230 hours so that fans could go to Wembley after, but the request was denied by the Premier League citing logistical constraints.
“To give supporters the chance to attend both that game and West Ham United’s women’s FA Cup final fixture… the club had requested for the clash with the Saints to be brought forward to 12.30 p.m.,” West Ham said in a statement.
He added: “In spite of the club’s very best efforts, it was decided by the Premier League that it wouldn’t be possible due to the potential inconvenience caused to supporters who had already planned their journeys and purchased tickets.
“Therefore, the game will remain at the originally scheduled time of 3 p.m.”
The Premier League did not immediately respond to an email for comment.
West Ham are 11th in the standings while Southampton are 16th, five points above the relegation zone.
West Ham women are seventh out of 11 teams in the top-tier Super League in their debut top-flight campaign and have reached the FA Cup final for the first time.