Facebook to televise FA Cup opener

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The Independent Football

Non-league sides Ascot United and Wembley FC will kick off this season's FA Cup on Friday night, with the game being streamed to a potential audience of 700 million people.

Social networking site Facebook are 'televising' the clash, which, although will not reach the majority of its potential viewers, is the first of its kind anywhere in sport.

A 90-minute stream will be provided by Budweiser, the competition's new sponsors.

"As a long-standing supporter of football globally, Budweiser is committed to brining the world's most prestigious knockout competition closer to the fans," said marketing director Ian Newell.

"What better way to demonstrate this than by broadcasting the very first kick to a global audience via Facebook.

"This is the first time a FA Cup tournament fixture has been broadcast live on the social network, which is great news for football fans and clubs alike."