FA Cup final confirmed to take place on August 1 after Premier League restart date set

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The FA Cup final will now take place on August 1, the Football Association has confirmed. The new date has been set after the Premier League announced they will resume their season on June 17. Getty Images – Getty Eight teams remain in contention for the famous trophy Traditionally, the FA Cup final takes place the weekend after the last Premier League fixture, as a finale to the domestic season. The showpiece event was originally planned for August 8 due to fears the top-flight would not resume until June 26. However, the final will now take place – behind closed doors – at Wembley Stadium on August 1 after the Premier League announced its intention to restart the 2019/20 campaign on June 17 and finish by the end of July. There are three rounds of fixtures remaining in the FA Cup, which had reached the quarter-final stage before football was suspended back in March. The four matches in the last eight will be played over the weekend of June 27 and 28, with no decision reached yet on whether these will be played on a home-and-away basis as normal or at neutral venues. The semi-finals will be played on July 11 and 12, with the intention being for those matches and the final to be played at Wembley as usual. All the ties will be behind closed doors. FA Cup quarter-final draw Sheffield United v Arsenal Newcastle United v Manchester City Norwich City v Manchester United Leicester City v Chelsea “We are pleased to agree the provisional restart date for the 2019-20 Emirates FA Cup,” said FA chief executive officer, Mark Bullingham. “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 wellbeing of players, staff and supporters remains our priority.” The news will be a boost to the FA from a financial perspective, with Bullingham warning in April of the governing body suffering losses of up to £150million as a result of the disruption caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.,

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