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FA Cup replays postponed due to frozen pitches

Tuesday's FA Cup second round replay between Carlisle United and Gillingham has been postponed.

Carlisle announced on their official Twitter feed that a frozen pitch at Brunton Park had caused the tie to be called off.

The pitch had been covered since last Friday.

The clubs drew 1-1 in Kent 10 days ago, with the replay winners facing a third round clash at home to Sheffield Wednesday next month.

Also falling foul to the cold snap was Tuesday's second round replay between Crewe and Blackburn at Gresty Road which has been put back 24 hours.

The League Two club tweeted: "Due to adverse weather conditions, our @Rovers #EmiratesFACup replay will now take place tomorrow night. #CreweAlex v #Rovers, Weds 13 December, 7:45pm."


FA Cup third-round draw

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The third-round draw in full:

Ipswich Town v Sheffield United

Watford v Bristol City

Birmingham City v Burton Albion

Liverpool v Everton

Brighton & Hove Albion v Crystal Palace

Aston Villa v Woking or Peterborough United

Bournemouth v AFC Fylde or Wigan

Coventry City v Stoke City

Newport County v Leeds United

Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town

Port Vale or Yeovil Town v Bradford City

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal

Brentford v Notts County

Queens Park Rangers v MK Dons

Manchester United v Derby County

Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion

Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale

Tottenham Hotspur v AFC Wimbledon

Middlesbrough v Sunderland

Fleetwood or Hereford v Leicester City

Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra v Hull City

Cardiff City v Mansfield Town

Manchester City v Burnley

Shrewsbury Town v West Ham United

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swansea City

Stevenage v Reading

Newcastle United v Luton Town

Millwall v Barnsley

Fulham v Southampton

Wycombe Wanderers v Preston North End

Norwich City v Chelsea

Gillingham or Carlisle United v Sheffield Wednesday

Fourth substitutes allowed in FA Cup from this week's replays

Teams will be allowed to bring on a fourth substitute in extra time from the first round of the FA Cup this season. Credit: PA

Teams will be allowed to bring on a fourth substitute in extra time from the first round of the FA Cup this season, the Football Association has announced.

Last season, a fourth substitute was allowed from the quarter-final stage onward and the idea is part of a two-year trial approved by the game's law-making body, the International Football Association Board, in 2016.

Teams will still select a maximum of seven substitutes and be able to use three of them during normal time.

There are five first-round replays scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday this week, with £18,000 in prize money available to the winners. The second round will be played over the weekend of December 2-3.

FA upholds Koscielny ban ahead of FA Cup final

Koscielny was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Enner Valencia. Credit: PA

Laurent Koscielny will miss Arsenal's FA Cup final clash with Chelsea through suspension after the FA rejected Arsenal's an against the red card he received against Everton on Sunday.

The France international was shown a straight red card by referee Michael Oliver for a reckless tackle on Enner Valencia in the 14th minute at the Emirates Stadium, and will serve a three-match ban that carries over to the next Premier League campaign.

FA vows 'enhanced security operation' for FA Cup final

Around 90,000 football fans will be at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. Credit: PA

The Football Association has revealed there will be an "enhanced security operation" in place for Saturday's FA Cup final at Wembley following the Manchester bomb attack, and advised Chelsea and Arsenal supporters to arrive at the stadium well before kick-off.

Fan safety is of paramount important and we have robust security measures in place at Wembley Stadium.

In collaboration with the Metropolitan Police and the local authorities there will be an enhanced security operation for all upcoming events.

All supporters are encouraged to arrive for events at Wembley Stadium as early as possible for security checks and to avoid any delays in entering the stadium.

– FA spokesman


Mourinho surprised by Chelsea's style

Mourinho's comments have angered many Chelsea fans. Credit: PA

Jose Mourinho has taken another swipe at Chelsea, admitting that he has been surprised by how much his former team have relied on defence and counter-attacks under Antonio Conte this season.

Chelsea will take on Mourinho's Manchester United at Stamford Bridge with a place in the FA Cup semi-finals at stake on Monday, and are chasing a double after building a 10-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

I'm not surprised [by Chelsea's success]. I'm surprised with the way they play.

I'm surprised because I thought they were demanding a different kind of football.

I think they are very good defensively and I think they have fantastic players to be a counter-attack team and to kill opponents with three or four players.

– Mourinho to Football Focus
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