Just days on from Crystal Palace’s recent controversial trip to face Brighton at The Amex Stadium, they’re heading back once again, in the FA Cup Third Round following on from last night’s draw.
— Gareth Levett (@Gareth_Levett) December 4, 2017
Whilst plenty of neutral supporters are quick to suggest that those within the game are unaware of the tensions between Brighton and Palace, the faces of Glenn Hoddle and Jermaine Jenas told a completely different story yesterday evening, as you can see from the tweet attached above.
The prospect of a third fixture between the two clubs in a single season will be worrying Sussex police, who are no doubt still reeling from the events that unfolded just last week on the south coast. Despite a reduced allocation of tickets, around 150 fans who had paid to get into the game were denied entry at kick-off after a number of people managed to sneak into the stadium without tickets in the build-up to the clash, raising tensions immeasurably on both sides of the divide.
With a re-run of the same game in prospect, you would assume that the relevant authorities would look to schedule the fixture in the early afternoon rather than at 7:45pm as they did last Tuesday, limiting the amount of time supporters have to drink in the hours before the game takes place. Alongside that, added security is likely be placed on the gates outside the stadium itself in a bid to avoid a repeat of the issues that prevented ticket-holding, peaceful supporters from seeing the game they were entitled to.
The tie is set to be played over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of January, giving the relevant forces just over a month to plan for every eventuality. Having seen the look on Hoddle and Jenas’ faces, you can be pretty sure that they’ll both be looking on with interest when the game does eventually get underway.
I wonder if this one is going to be televised?