‘An absolute disgrace’: decision to scrap FA Cup replays met with fury

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New changes to the format of the FA Cup, including an end to replays and the final being played during the league season, have been met with strong criticism with the decision-making process described as an “absolute disgrace”.

Replays are to be dropped from the first round onwards from next season and the final moved to the penultimate weekend of the Premier League campaign, as part of a deal agreed between the FA and Premier League. Mark Bullingham, the FA’s chief executive, said the agreement would secure “a strong format for the future” for a trophy that continues to generate the majority of the FA’s income. The Premier League is understood to have argued that change was necessary due to the expansion of European fixtures from next season. For smaller clubs that traditionally stood to benefit from replays, however, this perspective has not been shared.

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Written by Paul MacInnes and Morgan Ofori
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2024/apr/18/fa-cup-replays-and-premier-league-winter-break-scrapped-from-next-season under the title “‘An absolute disgrace’: decision to scrap FA Cup replays met with fury”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.