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English FA release dates for FA Cup Semi-Final matches

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Updated March 20, 2012

The dates for this season’s FA Cup semi-final matches have been confirmed, with Liverpool set to avoid playing on the anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

The winner of the replay between Everton and Sunderland will play the Reds at Wembley on April 14, whilst Chelsea takes on either Tottenham or Bolton the following day at the same stadium.

A statement released on Tuesday on the Football Association’s official website confirmed the fixture dates, but did not specify a kick-off time.

The Reds booked their place among the last four with a 2-1 win over Stoke City at Anfield on Sunday, but Kenny Dalglish’s men will have to wait a little longer to see whether a Mersyside derby is on the cards after Everton’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland.

Tim Cahill’s header cancelled out Phil Bardsley’s opener to leave the sides needing a replay at the Stadium of Light to decide who will take to the field at Wembley next month.

Chelsea – who saw off Championship side Leicester City 5-2 over the weekend – will play the winner of Tottenham and Bolton, after their match was abandoned shortly before the interval after Trotters’ midfielder Fabrice Muamba collapsed on the pitch.

The winners of the respective semi-finals will meet in the showpiece final on Saturday May 5.