FA Cup replays to be scrapped? ‘We’re not afraid of change’, CEO tells talkSPORT

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first_imgFootball Association CEO Martin Glenn has told talkSPORT the governing body is not afraid to evolve with the times, amid reports of a proposed format change to the famous FA Cup.Claims on Tuesday suggested there are plans in the pipeline to scrap replays and also abolish the current two-legged League Cup semi-finals as teams look to play fewer games in a season.The change is reportedly driven by Premier League teams, who are keen to see ties concluded on the night via extra-time and penalties, but it’s not such good news for lower league teams who value replays as a vital source of extra revenue.The rumours are nothing new, however, as Glenn told talkSPORT earlier in January that the FA are keen to ensure the world’s oldest football competition is not left behind as the Premier League and Champions League continue to grow.“It’s different now, the FA Cup used to be the only games on TV when I was growing up. It was huge,” he told talkSPORT ahead of the third round. “But it’s not like that now.”“We’ve tried to refresh it. I’m not a traditionalist; I think the game has to evolve as people’s needs evolve and if you look over history the FA Cup HAS evolved.“I’m a big believer in keeping it fresh and keeping it modern. I wouldn’t rule out change, provided the changes stick to the principles of thee competition – to give the smaller teams a chance, to get money from the top end down to the bottom and create some great theatre.”The reports also come as no surprise to former Club England managing director Adrian Bevington, who revealed to talkSPORT the FA have been having these conversations ‘for a number of years’.Speaking on the Alan Sports Breakfast, he also advocated the Premier League implementing a winter break as top flight sides struggle to juggle different competitions throughout the campaign.“This sort of conversation has been going on for a number of years within the FA,” Bevington said. “The FA Cup is not what it was to kids growing up 30 years ago. It used to be the one game at the end of the season we all used to love.“The challenge for football in this country is how do we retain what the FA Cup should be so that young people cherish it as opposed to just the Champions League and Premier League?“This is a good debate that they’re having. Personally it’s not so much the midweek timing of the games, I’d just play for 90 minutes and go straight to penalties. Give it something unique.“Also, I think they should find some dates to try and free up at least one week or maybe two, to give the players a short winter break after the New Year.”last_img

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