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FA Cup semi-final draw details announced

Written by Dan King

Newcastle United will be in the draw for the semi-finals of this season's Emirates FA Cup - because it's taking place during the interval of the Magpies' quarter-final clash with Manchester City.

Hosted by Gary Lineker and conducted by Alan Shearer, the draw will be broadcast live from St. James' Park on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at half time as United take on the holders in a 6.30pm (BST) kick-off.

Newcastle or City will be ball number two. The semi-finals are due to take place over the weekend of 18th and 19th July, with The Heads Up FA Cup final scheduled for Saturday, 1st August. Both semi-finals and The Heads Up FA Cup final will be played at Wembley.

The FA have also confirmed that a minute's applause will be held ahead of all Emirates FA Cup quarter final ties, in recognition of the work carried out by the NHS during the Covid-19 crisis.

All participating clubs have also been invited to show their support of the NHS and of Black Lives Matter, by including an NHS logo and Black Lives Matter badge on their matchday shirts.

In line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board, teams will be able to make five substitutions from the nine players nominated, with three opportunities to make these substitutions during the match, excluding half-time.

If a match is drawn after 90 minutes then 30 minutes of extra-time will be played, followed by penalties, if necessary. Clubs will be permitted an additional substitute in extra-time (a sixth in total).

While supporters will not be able to attend Sunday's game, the match will be broadcast live on BBC One.

For the latest coronavirus guidance, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus.

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