FA to axe replays for some teams
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.
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