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FA CUP SEMI-FINAL DATE CONFIRMED

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12:00 11th March 2014

by Latics Staff

Semi-final against Arsenal to be played on Saturday 12 April.

Wigan Athletic will face Arsenal in the FA Cup with Budweiser Semi-Final on Saturday 12 April 2014 with a 5.00pm kick off, live on ITV.

Latics supporters will occupy the East end of the stadium, the same as for the Semi-Final and Final in last year's competition.

Ticket prices and allocations for the Semi-Finals will be announced later this week after discussions with all four competing clubs.

A delegation from Wigan Athletic will travel to meet the FA at Wembley Stadium on Thursday, with full details expected to be announced on Friday.

Order of play

Saturday 12 April 2014 – 5.00pm – Live on ITV1
Wigan Athletic v Arsenal

Sunday 13 April 2014 – 4.00pm – Live on BT Sport
Hull City v Sheffield United

A statement from the FA read:

FA Cup with Budweiser holders Wigan Athletic will kick-off Semi-Final weekend against Arsenal at 5pm on Saturday 12 April. 

ITV will show the Latics back at Wembley connected by EE after they beat Manchester City in The FA Cup for the second time inside 12 months.

The rerun of last season’s FA Cup Final saw a Jordi Gomez penalty put Uwe Rosler’s side in front at the Etihad on Sunday and James Perch’s close range tap-in doubled the Championship side’s lead.

Sami Nasri’s long range effort ensured a nervous end for Wigan but the FA Cup holders held on for a 2-1 victory to seal another trip to Wembley.

The second Semi-Final between Hull City and Sheffield United will kick-off at 4pm on Sunday 13 April and will be broadcast by BT Sport.

Hull had a comfortable passage through to their first Semi-Final in over 80 years with a 3-0 victory over Sunderland on Sunday.

The Blades booked their Wembley place earlier that day with a 2-0 win against Charlton Athletic.

Nigel Clough’s side have now beaten Premier League opposition in Aston Villa and Fulham this season while Charlton are their second Championship scalp after beating Nottingham Forest in the Fifth Round. 

It’s the first time that a club from outside the top two divisions has featured in an FA Cup Semi-Final since Wycombe Wanderers in 2001. 

The FA can confirm that Arsenal and Sheffield United will be given the West side of Wembley Stadium while Wigan Athletic and Hull City will be located in the East side.

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