Brentford will begin their Emirates FA Cup campaign today, Saturday 9 January, with a match against Middlesbrough. The Bees will face their Sky Bet Championship opponents at 6pm in a match that will be live on The FA Player. Ahead of the Third Round of the competition, when teams from the top two divisions enter, the FA has issued an update on some of the rules of the competition.

The release from the FA is as follows:

The Emirates FA Cup rulebook for the 2020-21 season has been updated ahead of our third round proper ties in January. Most notable is that clubs are now able to name a maximum of nine substitutes of which five may be used. Teams are permitted a maximum of three opportunities (excluding half time) to make substitutions during normal time, and with the ability to carry over any unused substitutes and make a further substitution should the tie progress to extra time.

The full release, including a link to the rules of the competition, can be seen here.

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