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FA Cup: Clubs urge government to act on plan to scrap replays

Written by on May 1, 2024

The letter pointed out the four Premier League clubs who reach the Champions League next season will play a minimum of 50 matches, while League One and League Two clubs will play a minimum of 51.

It also highlighted there have been fewer than 10 occasions in the past 10 years when a club playing in European football has faced an FA Cup replay.

The letter, whose EFL signatories include Bolton, Exeter, Wycombe, Carlisle, Lincoln, AFC Wimbledon, Accrington, Newport, Swindon, Tranmere and Grimsby added: “This decision has become totemic for how the game is being run. Decisions are being made behind closed doors. There is a lack of transparency, a lack of consistency, and a lack of fairness.”

National League South side Maidstone United, who knocked Championship club Ipswich Town out of this year’s FA Cup on an historic run to the fifth round are among the other clubs supporting the retention of replays.

The Premier League pledged an extra £33million funding to support grassroots football when they announced the decision.

The FA said the decision had been taken by the Professional Game Board, which includes four EFL representatives, including chairman Rick Parry.

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