Marathon man’s advice to Fergie

The Manchester United manager predicted “absolute chaos” in the

capital next month. The Red Devils are due to tackle Manchester

City at Wembley on April 16, with Bolton taking on Stoke the

following day. All four teams will take a similar route down to

London for the encounters and will be joined by Liverpool fans,

whose side face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on April 17. In

addition, hundreds of thousands will line the streets of London for

the annual marathon, prompting a warning from Ferguson of “absolute

chaos” in the city over the weekend. Ferguson added that the

situation is “quite incredible”, and Bedford has suggested the only

way to ease the United chief’s concerns would be for the FA to move

its events. “Our date is established well in advance and agreed

with all London agencies involved,” he said in a statement. “There

have been clashes in the past with other events at Wembley and I

suggest that if Sir Alex is that concerned he should urge the FA to

move their dates.” The FA have held all semi-finals at Wembley

since 2008. And Ferguson for one is not impressed. “It’s going to

be absolute chaos,” he told Inside United. “I don’t think the cost

of people travelling down to Wembley is considered. “There will be

60,000 people coming down from Manchester – think about how much

petrol is used for that?” The FA refused to comment directly on

Ferguson’s remarks, although a spokesperson said they were “looking

forward to welcoming all teams to Wembley” for the semi-finals. The

governing body also refused to comment on Bedford’s statement,

instead pointing to the fact that everything has been agreed with

the relevant authorities, such as transport links and police.