Why Arsenal’s FA Cup third-round tie with Leeds United will kick-off one minute late

The FA Cup third round weekend comes to a conclusion tonight as Arsenal host Leeds United at the Emirates Stadium.

So far, 31 of the 32 third round ties have been played, with the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea safely booking their places in round four, with victories against Everton, Port Vale and Nottingham Forest respectively.

Meanwhile, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur both face replays, after drawing against Wolves and Middlesbrough respectively.

Arsenal, who have lifted the FA Cup a record 13 times, will also hope to secure their place in the fourth round this evening when they face Leeds United.

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But there will be something unusual about the game this evening, which is being broadcast live on BBC Sport.

That is that the game will kick off at 7.56pm, one minute after the usual slot for televised evening matches in the FA Cup on the BBC.

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This is part of a team-up with the Heads Up campaign, with a one-minute delay encouraging supporters to think about their mental health.

During the delay, fans will ‘Take A Minute’ to think about the positive impact 60 seconds can have on their own wellbeing or in supporting a friend or family member.

The FA’s Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said: “Whilst delaying kick-off times by 60 seconds is a simple idea, it provides a powerful platform for us and our Heads Up charity partners to deliver a really important message on mental health.

Pep Guardiola celebrates with the FA Cup trophy
(Image: Matt McNulty – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images)

“We know that men, in particular, can be reluctant to talk about the subject, so it is important that we use football as a vehicle to stress the importance of mental fitness.”

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