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FA to axe replays for some teams

- MATT HUGHES

CERTAIN FA Cup replays in the third and fourth rounds are set to be scrapped to ease fixture congestion caused by postponeme­nts following the death of the Queen.

The FA are determined to retain replays where possible and will address the issue on a case-by-case basis. Replays provide around 20 per cent of the competitio­n’s £1billion TV deal each season, so the governing body are eager to keep them. Rather than abolishing replays, the FA will make decisions on individual ties after the third-round draw in December, with those involving teams playing in Europe likely to be restricted to one-off matches. Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea had two matches postponed, while Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and West Ham had one called off.

There is significan­t determinat­ion, however, to retain replays in future despite the Premier League’s desire to drop them altogether when the Champions League is expanded in 2024.

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs yesterday agreed on a minimum one-year ban for fans who take part in anti-social or criminal behaviour inside stadiums.

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