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Coventry date in doubt over clash.

SUNDERLAND fans have been warned not to plan the trip to the Midlands for the game against Coventry City too far in advance. The League One clash is not due to take place until February, but the Black Cats have warned that it could be into December before they have any clarity on when the match will be played.

The Sky Blues are ground-sharing with Birmingham City for the upcoming season, having failed to negotiate a deal with Wasps to stay at the Ricoh Arena. Sunderland's clash with Mark Robins' side is due to be at Birmingham's St Andrew's Stadium on Saturday, February 29.

The date of the fixture is now in doubt, however, with Birmingham's rivals Aston Villa also due to be at home that day against Sheffield United.

A statement on warned supporters: "Sunderland AFC supporters are advised that the club's away fixture against Coventry City is subject to change.

"Supporters are advised to take the above information into consideration when planning for the fixture." The game still could go ahead on the original date, with Sky Sports having the potential to move Villa's game to a different date for live television coverage.

However, if that is not the case, then Sunderland's game faces being rearranged, with West Midlands Police likely to step in. One Coventry game has already been rescheduled for the same reason.

The Sky Blues' scheduled fixture against Ipswich Town at St Andrew's on Saturday, December 7, has been moved to Sunday, December 8, with a 3pm kick-off. Villa host Leicester City on December 7 and the police advised that their resources would be too stretched to police both fixtures on the same day.


Former Sunderland man Paddy McNair

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 29, 2019
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