Football: FA Cup matches to be delayed by a minute for mental health awareness

Football: FA Cup matches to be delayed by a minute for mental health awareness

FA Cup May 2019 final
Players react after the final whistle during the English FA Cup final football match between Manchester City and Watford at Wembley Stadium in London, on May 18, 2019. (Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk)  

All 32 England's FA Cup third-round ties will be delayed by one minute as part of a campaign to promote mental health, the Football Association has said.

The 'Take a Minute' initiative is in partnership with the FA's Heads Up campaign and Public Health England's Every Mind Matters programme.

"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," FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham said in a statement.

The move will affect matches from Jan 3 to Jan 6.

Source: Reuters

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