Dramatic FA Cup draw sets up race row replays in Manchester and London
FA Cup fourth round draw
Brighton or Wrexham v Newcastle
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
Dagenham & Redbridge or Millwall v Southampton
Hull v Crawley
MK Dons or QPR v Chelsea
West Brom v Norwich
Blackpool v Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal or Leeds v Aston Villa
Stevenage v Notts County
Watford v Tottenham
Liverpool v Manchester United
Derby v Stoke
Everton v Fulham
Macclesfield or Bolton v Swansea
Sheffield United v Birmingham or Wolves
Nottingham Forest or Leicester v Swindon
Ties to be played the weekend of January 28/29
Manchester United were handed a potentially explosive FA Cup fourth-round tie at Liverpool.
The two clubs have been in open conflict since Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was banned for eight matches for racially abusing United captain Patrice Evra.
And, in another remarkable twist, if QPR beat MK Dons in a third-round replay, they must face Chelsea for the first time since John Terry was accused of racially abusing Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand last October.
Although Suarez will still be
suspended for the tie at Anfield on the weekend of January 28 and 29,
United legend Paddy Crerand fears the worst.
He said: ‘This is a dreadful draw –
the last things the two clubs need. It will be a really nasty
atmosphere. It will be a new level, beyond what we have seen before.
‘I love Kenny Dalglish but he has not
handled this situation as well as he should have. He was raised in
Glasgow among all that bigotry and he should have known better than to
let Liverpool deal with this situation the way they have.
‘Liverpool are a great club, a really
great club and their supporters are good, working-class people. But
they will surely look back at this episode one day and realise it was
wrong. I can’t even look forward to this game. It’s too soon. Feelings
will still be running too high.
‘If people thought the tension and
spite between City and United fans was bad this weekend then they
haven’t seen anything yet.’
Delight: Liverpool celebrate their third round win over Oldham
The two sides will face each other again in the Premier League at Old Trafford two weeks later when Suarez will be available.
Former Liverpool captain Phil
Thompson urged the two clubs to show respect to each other, adding: ‘I
actually think it is good to get it out of the way before Liverpool’s
trip to Old Trafford on February 11.’
Terry’s return to Loftus Road would
be particularly badly timed. He is facing a criminal charge of using
racist language towards Ferdinand, an accusation he strongly denies. The
case is due to open on February 1, just days after the game.
West Brom host Norwich and Everton welcome Fulham to Goodison Park.
United we stand: The Red side of Manchester were the ones left celebrating on third round weekend
Arsenal will be at home to Aston Villa if they can overcome Leeds at the Emirates Stadium, while Bolton will take on Swansea at the Reebok Stadium if they see off Macclesfield in a replay.
Tottenham, who last won the FA Cup 21 years ago, will play Watford at Vicarage Road.
Sunderland's reward for beating Peterborough is a home draw against local rivals Middlesbrough, while Newcastle will face the winner of the replay between Wrexham and Brighton.
Black Cats manager Martin O'Neill,
reacting to the draw, said: 'It's a tough one but we're at home anyway. I
wonder what (former Middlesbrough midfielder) Lee Cattermole thinks of
'It will mean something to the supporters who have stayed on here and cheered us off and maybe Lee himself.'
Heading through: Sunderland beat Peterborough on Sunday and now take on Middlesbrough in the fourth round
who upset the odds to knock out Wigan on Saturday, will face a trip to
the east midlands in round four to take on either Nottingham Forest or
Crawley will take on Hull after the League Two side knocked Championship club Bristol City out on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Championship leaders Southampton will travel to face the winners of the replay between Dagenham & Redbridge and Millwall, Blackpool host Sheffield Wednesday who knocked out West Ham, while League One Stevenage, who upset Reading, are at home to Notts County.
Derby host Stoke and Sheffield United will be at home to the winners of the replay between Wolves and Birmingham at Molineux.