Juventus Want To Change Kick-Off Time So They Can Have Night-Time Title Party Against Atalanta

Juventus will lift their eighth consecutive in front of their home fans at the Allianz Stadium a week on Saturday but the Bianconeri have asked for the kick-off time to be changed.

Max Allegri's side are scheduled to host Atalanta at 14:00 CET time (3pm UK time) on May 19 but as per Gazzetta dello Sport, have made a request to Serie A chiefs for the penultimate game of the season to be played later on that day at 7:30 CET (8:30 UK time).

Juventus want to have their title party in an evening setting after their final home game of the season but Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini is opposed to the idea and wants to keep the set kick-off time.

A decision on the matter is to be made in due course from Serie A officials.

While Juventus being desperate to lift the title in an evening setting is a bit weird, it's not the bizarre reason for a kick-off change in football.

Back in 2001, kick-off at the Nou Camp in the first leg of the UEFA Cup semi-final between Barcelona and Liverpool was delayed by 10 minutes due to Eastenders - specifically the culmination of the 'Who shot Phil Mitchell?' storyline.

The BBC had the rights for live coverage of the game at the time and were somehow able to convince UEFA to push back kick-off so that the viewers would find out who the perpetrator was in a 40 minute episode.

Liverpool would win the second leg 1-0 courtesy of a first-half Gary McAllister penalty to take them to their first European final in 16 years.

The Reds then completed a treble of the UEFA Cup, League Cup and FA Cup by edging out Spanish side Alaves in a nine-goal thriller in extra time in Dortmund.

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