December 3, 2019 / 4:35 AM / 12 days ago

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

(Reuters) - 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. 3-6.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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