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FA Cup Final: No presentation party for winner

No presentation party for FA Cup winner

Whichever team ends up winning Saturday’s FA Cup final between Arsenal and Chelsea will collect the trophy on the Wembley pitch without a presentation party, to minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.

The winning team traditionally lifts the trophy in the stadium’s Royal Box.

The match will be held behind closed doors and without fans because of concerns over Covid-19.

This year’s final is dedicated to raising mental health awareness, with several themed events before kick-off.

The match, renamed the Heads Up FA Cup final, is the culmination of a season-long campaign on mental health led by FA president, Prince William, in conjunction with a group of charities in the Heads Together initiative.

Writing in the FA Cup final programme, The Duke of Cambridge says: “We all have mental health, and we can all do more to support each other – and that starts with talking.”

The London sides will meet at Wembley for a 5.30 pm kick-off. For the Gunners, there is the extra prize at stake of qualification for a Europa League group stage spot but both sides will be going out for glory at the end of a tough domestic season.

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