– ties will be played under elite protocols – FA
The Football Association (FA) has announced the go ahead given by the Government to hold all of this weekend’s FA Cup first-round ties despite the new lockdown restrictions.
The second wave of Covid-19 which has called for another lockdown in England is to take effect on Thursday, and this have raised concerns that there might be the suspension of non-elite sport, which would create a problem for the competition with 10 clubs from below National League level still involved.
According to Sky Sports, The FA says that the ties will be played under elite protocols.
“We can confirm that all Emirates FA Cup first-round ties will go ahead this weekend as planned,” a statement from the governing body read.
“The UK Government has confirmed that the 10 non-elite clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their matches under elite protocols.
“Matches will take place between November 6 and 9 2020. All ties will be played behind closed doors, in line with COVID-19 guidelines.”