BBC to decide over FA Cup live broadcast fixtures

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015

The BBC is in discussions with the Football Association about how to make it easier to choose the most exciting FA Cup fixtures to broadcast live.

The broadcaster received criticism for not showing Bradford's shock 2-0 victory over Sunderland in the FA Cup fifth round on Sunday, electing instead to show Aston Villa's match against Leicester.

In a 770-word statement, BBC football editor Mark Cole wrote: "As the game unfolded yesterday at Valley Parade, we shared the frustration of fans and would have loved to have been broadcasting the match live.

"It's everything the FA Cup and our new comprehensive coverage is about. We are speaking to the FA about whether we can change this in the future, but understand it's tricky for them.

"Clubs understandably want to get plans for ticketing, policing and fans in place without waiting for 10 days for TV companies to confirm their selections.

"But we hope there's a middle ground where we can get a little more flexibility to ensure we have as much chance as possible of capturing cup classics like yesterday.''



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