Big three warned by Uefa
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea are all battling to reach the Millennium Stadium showpiece, although one of the London pair will be knocked out in the fifth round.
Any of the clubs' plans for the May 22 final, though, could be wrecked by call-ups for a Fifa celebration match between Brazil and France in Paris on May 20.
Fifa deputy general secretary Jerome Champagne has already made the case clear by affirming any players chosen for the game must be present in the French capital.
Champagne's sentiments have been echoed by Uefa chief executive Lars Christer Olsson, who insists The Football Association have been aware of the centenary fixture for a long time, ever since the introduction of a harmonised international calendar in 2000.
"It has been agreed to by everyone and so it should be stuck to by them," said Olsson.
"Of course, the English clubs should release their players if they are selected.
Manchester United's Mikael Silvestre and Kleberson, Arsenal's Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and Gilberto Silva, along with Chelsea ace Claude Makelele could all be affected by the game.