The Mail is reporting that the FA remains committed to finishing this season’s FA Cup should the Premier League safely be able to restart.
The FA Cup WILL be finished this season if football can return safely with semi-finals and final to be played behind closed doors at Wembley https://t.co/C1dRxvQVod
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) May 21, 2020
FA chief executive Mark Bullingham reportedly told FA Council members of his desire to complete this year’s FA Cup during a meeting on Thursday.
When the competition could return was not mentioned however, the semi-finals and finals will still be held at Wembley.
Newcastle, of course, have reached the quarter-final stage and were scheduled to host Manchester City on March 21st before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus.
Newcastle have progressed the farthest in the FA Cup since 2006 when we were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Chelsea.
Whether the competition can get completed this season all hinges on the Premier League’s ability to safely restart. Teams returned to training this past Tuesday as part of phase 1 of Project Restart.
Next week, a discussion will be held on whether clubs can move to phase 2, which involves group training.
Meanwhile, Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has called for the FA to get creative in finishing the FA Cup this season. This is Carragher’s proposal from The Telegraph:
“The FA should get on board with a radical experiment to complete their fixtures.
“I would love to see this season’s FA Cup rescheduled to resemble the final stages of a World Cup, all the remaining games played after the conclusion of the Premier League.
“Imagine it. Quarter-finals could be played on the Friday and Saturday after the last Premier League weekend. Midweek semi-finals could then be immediately followed by the final, the competition concluded in eight days.
“It could be a thrilling finale to a season which, in the Premier League at least, is all about the top four and relegation places once play resumes.”
A lot will depend on when the league resumes as to how the FA Cup will get completed. Carragher is calling for the final three rounds to be played in rapid succession after the league concludes.
If the EPL managers get their wish, the league may no restart until the back end of June. That will mean this season may not finish until close to August.
The FA will have to be flexible in how they complete the remainder of the FA Cup. But the good news for Newcastle fans is that it hasn’t been abandoned.