FA Cup final may be played in October as FA hold on despite latest extraordinary ruling

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The FA Cup final could be played in the autumn.

It came after the Football Association made an extraordinary and unprecedented ruling on English football because of the coronavirus crisis.

But they made it clear they are determined not to abandon the FA Cup which is up to the quarter final stage.

However, the final looks set to be delayed by months and could be as late as October.

The FA ruled all football results below the three National League divisions will be expunged but, like the EFL and Premier League, are determined to play the remaining cup fixtures.

The FA statement read: “Clubs involved are close to reaching a major Final and for those clubs and supporters we will do all we can to keep the Wembley dream alive.”

No giving up on the cup
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Leicester face Chelsea, Newcastle are against Manchester City, Arsenal must go to Sheffield United and Norwich are due to entertain Manchester United.

It is believed the FA are also exploring ways of getting the ties played with behind-closed-doors an option but no date has yet been set on when they might take place.

A young Manchester City with a replica of the FA Cup trophy
(Image: Action Images via Reuters)

The Premier League are due to meet again next Thursday when further discussions are likely to take place but league bosses insist they want to get their season finished.

The EFL also meet next week and, while there is an expectation that a potential return date of April 30 will be put back, no formal decision has taken place yet but they are also determined to play their remaining fixtures.

Premier League bosses are looking at options which include urging clubs to have a break now, do a “mini pre-season” and then resume games behind closed doors on June 1 if the virus is beyond its peak.

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Mirror Sport understands that players are reluctant to play games behind closed doors until the worst is over for fear for their own safety and for their families.

Emergency services, already stretched, would also be required.

One suggestion to be explored is that players could be put into quarantine in hotels, kept safe and then play games behind closed doors to get the games done to satisfy their TV paymasters.

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