FA Cup, the oldest national football competition in the globe, is all set to resume after it was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 13. The tournament will restart its remaining fixture on June 27 and 28 alongside the premier league which is set to kick off on June 17, FA announced on their official Twitter handle.
According to a report by The Guardian, venues for the quarterfinals are yet to be decided. However, the semifinal and final of the competition will be played in Wembley, according to the tradition.
FA Cup will prioritize player safety
The FA Cup executive Mark Bullingham extended praises to the Premier League officials and clubs for supporting rescheduling to the match. The FA cup chief also maintained that safety and well being of players and individuals will remain on their priority throughout the tournament.
“We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the FA Cup. The competition has been an integral part of the English football calendar for nearly 150 years and we’d like to thank the Premier League executive and clubs for their support in scheduling the remaining matches during this unprecedented time.”
“This has been a difficult period for many people and while this is a positive step the restart date is dependent on all safety measures being met. The health and well-being of players, staff and supporters remains our priority, added Mark Bullingham.The Guardian quoted Mark as saying
Remaining FA Cup fixture
The report published in The Guardian says the finals will be held on August 1 with semifinals being played on weekend of July 18, 19.
The tournament will restart with quarter finals for which the provisional dates are set to June 27, 28 with all the players will hit the turf without any spectators in empty stadiums.
The Quarterfinal schedules of the competitions are:
- Leicester v Chelsea
- Newcastle v Manchester City
- Sheffield United v Arsenal
- Norwich v Manchester United
Notably, the broadcasting arrangements are also to be confirmed as the tournament will experience split quarterfinal matches as announced in March before being halted.
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