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Outrageous decision to do away with FA Cup replays

19th Apr 2024

Northampton Town Supporters Trust is deeply disappointed by the outrageous decision taken by the FA and the Premier League in respect of changing the format of the FA Cup, including the scrapping of replays from the first round proper onwards.

It beggars belief that there was no consultation with Football League clubs, National League clubs or grassroots clubs, for whom the competition represents a fantastic opportunity to create life-long memories for supporters.

The denial of the chance to capitalise on a significant income stream for many clubs is a clear kick in the teeth for the so-called family of football.

The decision, and the way it was taken, demonstrates a total lack of respect for football supporters.

Football belongs to all of us and decisions should not be taken at private meetings held by our wealthiest clubs.

This latest development is proof, if needed, that football simply cannot regulate itself and we trust the incoming independent Football Regulator will be given the required powers to save our game from grotesque vested interests.

We condemn the changes wholeheartedly and urge The FA to suspend them immediately until all stakeholders in the game are properly consulted.

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