The 2020 FA Cup Final was supposed to be played on Saturday, May 23 but due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that has shut down the entire world, it has been moved to August. The event is now scheduled for Saturday, August 8 but reports also suggest that it could also be played in midweek, on August 5.
Seven Fixtures Remaining
The new announcement follows the Premier League’s Project Restart revelation which is aimed at ensuring the rest of the premier league games are played.
So far, seven FA fixtures are remaining with eight teams already confirmed for the quarter-finals.
Below are the remaining fixtures;
- Leicester vs Chelsea
- Newcastle vs Manchester City
- Sheffield vs Arsenal
- Norwich City vs Manchester United
It will be a battle of the titans with Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United the favourites when it comes to qualifying for the semis. According to the report, all the seven matches will be played at a neutral stadium, Wembley. But this is still a matter that has not been decided fully.
The FA Counting Losses
It’s with no doubt that the FA is in a financial turmoil following the cancellation of the remaining FA fixtures. According to the Daily Mail, TV agency IMG has already withheld the payment for the FA Cup quarter-finals as no matches were played within schedule. But this is not a permanent situation as the FA will still be on the negotiation table once these fixtures are played. According to Mark Bullingham, FA’s chief executive, the pandemic will cause a loss of around £100million.
This schedule is subject to the government’s approval, as well as the mutual understanding amongst the Premier League clubs. So far, there are rumours that a section of players are not willing to have the Premier League restarted and this is a potential blow to Project Restart.