Coronavirus: FA Cup ties to go ahead as planned despite lockdown measures

All FA Cup ties scheduled for the weekend will go ahead as planned despite new lockdown measures coming into force on Thursday.

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.

All ties will be played behind closed doors, in line with coronavirus guidelines.

Premier League football and other elite sports will be allowed to continue during the four-week ‘circuit break’ which will start in England on Thursday.

They can continue due to the testing regimes in place for professional sportspeople, but amateur sports will be put on hold.

The EFL, women’s football down to reserve level, and the National League, are all classified as elite sport and are permitted to continue behind closed doors.

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