Channel 8 to show English FA Cup matches

sports December 25, 2013 00:00

By Agencies

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RS has added the world's oldest football cup competition, the English FA Cup, to its growing portfolio of top sports events.

The company has partnered with Channel 7 to broadcast the FA Cup next year. 
The competition kicks off next month and will be aired on RS-run Channel 8.
Ong-Art Singlumpong, RS’ executive vice president for television business, believed the famous club football competition would help the company expand its viewing audience.
“RS owns the licence for La Liga Spain and the Fifa World Cup 2014, and now the company is developing its sports business and pleasing Thai soccer fans by broadcasting another football event, which is the world’s oldest football knockout competition. 
“It will be aired on Channel 8 for the fans to watch for free, both live matches and re-runs, 20 matches in total. 
“The broadcast will start on the first weekend of the year [January 4, 2014]. There will be nine live matches, plus re-runs of the matches from the third round up to the final round – 11 matches in total. 
“We are confident that after this season, Channel 8 will have secured a bigger fan base.”
Ong-Art added: “The third round of the FA Cup will see major teams such as Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City competing. 
“Each football club pays a lot of attention to this competition, no less than they would to the Premier League. The players are world-class superstars because they simply cannot afford to lose. If they lose, they’re out. The fans will certainly be entertained by the fierce competition.”
The first FA Cup was in 1871 and it is the oldest football competition in the world. The Football Association in the UK organises the competition. Last year, the winners were Wigan Athletic, following a shock 1-0 win over Manchester City.