FA Cup fixtures scheduled for the weekend to go ahead as planned despite lockdown.
There had been concerns that the suspension of non-elite sport under UK’s new lockdown which is due to come into effect from Tuesday would affect the participation of 10 clubs which are below the National League level.
But the UK Government has now given green light that the matches can go as planned under strict protocol.
“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.”