Well, they couldn’t have scripted this. Two of the most talked about fixtures during the close of 2011, both of which witnessed a cult accusation of racism – one solved and another yet to reach climax – will be replayed in the 4th round of the world’s oldest cup competition, the FA Cup. Manchester United’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield earlier this season saw Kop striker Luis Suarez racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra and subsequently being suspended for 8 games, along with a fine. Both the clubs will now face off in the next round of FA Cup, to be played over the weekend of 28 January 2012.
Another incidence of racism that struck Britain, and also the world of football, was Chelsea captain John Terry allegedly racially abusing Queen’s Park Rangers’ defender Anton Ferdinand. Ironically, the fixture will be replayed in the next round of FA Cup as well.
It’s funny how two captains – one a victim and another an accused – will have to lead their respective teams out onto the football pitch against the same team (respectively) who caused them significant trouble to end 2011 on an unpleasant note.
Anyway, here are all the fixtures of the 4th round of the FA Cup:
- Brighton or Wrexham v Newcastle
- Sunderland v Middlesbrough
- Dagenham & Redbridge or Millwall v Southampton
- Hull City v Crawley Town
- MK Dons or QPR v Chelsea
- West Brom v Norwich
- Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
- Arsenal or Leeds v Aston Villa
- Stevenage v Notts County
- Watford v Tottenham
- Liverpool v Manchester United
- Derby v Stoke
- Everton v Fulham
- Macclesfield or Bolton v Swansea
- Sheffield United v Birmingham or Wolves
- Nottingham Forest or Leicester v Swindon
Manchester United beat 10-men Manchester City 3-2 at the Etihad stadium earlier during the day to progress from the 3rd round.