The latest news around scheduled Emirates FA Cup third round ties this weekend

Follow the latest news as it breaks around this weekend's scheduled Emirates FA Cup third round ties

Thursday 07 Jan 2021
Southampton v Shrewsbury Town was due to take place at St.Mary's Stadium on Saturday evening

11am, Friday 8 January

We can confirm that Aston Villa’s Emirates FA Cup third round proper fixture against Liverpool will go ahead this evening as planned at Villa Park.

9pm, Thursday 7 January

Our Professional Game Board has directed that Oldham Athletic v AFC Bournemouth in the Emirates FA Cup third round proper, which is scheduled to take place at 3pm on Saturday 9 January 2021, be reversed and the tie will now to be played at the Vitality Stadium.

This permission has been granted due to adverse weather conditions, the significant likelihood of Oldham Athletic’s pitch being unplayable and the exceptional circumstances around this season’s domestic fixture list and follows consultation with all of the relevant parties and the agreement of both clubs.

7pm, Thursday 7 January

The FA and Aston Villa are working closely together to try to ensure that the club's' third round proper fixture with Liverpool can go ahead as planned at Villa Park on Friday evening.

Final confirmation will be made on Friday, pending the results of additional COVID-19 testing.

1.30pm, Thursday 7 January

The Emirates FA Cup third round tie between Southampton and Shrewsbury Town will not be taking place on the evening of Saturday 9 January 2021 as originally scheduled.

Shrewsbury Town informed us that there have been a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases at the club, such that they did not have a sufficient amount of fit, non-isolating players who would be able to play in the fixture.

The club provided us with details of the medical advice it had received and its communications with local Public Health England and liaised with our COVID medical officer for the Emirates FA Cup.

We also requested and considered further information regarding Shrewsbury Town's ability to fulfil the fixture. There will be a meeting of our Professional Game Board early next week to make a decision as to what will happen with the fixture.

We hope that all those testing positive for COVID-19 have a full and swift recovery.

This means there will be 31 third round ties taking place across the weekend, which are all being shown live in the UK.

By FA Staff