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Scottish Cup kick-offs delayed for mental health campaign

The Scottish FA said it wanted to encourage players, staff and supporters to talk about mental health issues.

All this weekend’s Scottish Cup games will kick-off a minute later than planned as a part of a mental health campaign.

The Scottish FA said it wanted to encourage players, staff and supporters to talk about mental health issues.

Hamilton v Rangers gets the fifth round under way on Saturday, with a new kick-off time of 12.31pm.

The initiative comes after research from charity Heads Up found that male fans were three times more likely to talk about football than mental health.

Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell said: “We are proud to support the Heads Up campaign across the Scottish Cup this weekend, using the prominent platform the competition provides to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health.

“Delaying kick-off times by a minute will hopefully unite fans around a common goal for a brief period and encourage open conversation about this vitally important issue.”