Premier League clubs to discuss scrapping FA Cup replays and elite teams sitting out of Carabao Cup as Ally McCoist backs games going straight to penalties

    Premier League clubs are considering plans to scrap FA Cup replays and make radical changes to the Carabao Cup.

    As part of a ‘New Deal for Football’, top-flight shareholders will meet on Wednesday to discuss changes to the calendar.

    Liverpool edged out Chelsea on penalties in last season’s FA Cup final

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    Liverpool edged out Chelsea on penalties in last season’s FA Cup final

    The Premier League wants to ease fixture congestion, while there are calls at government level to distribute more funds to the EFL and reform parachute payments.

    According to The Times, proposals include scrapping third and fourth-round replays entirely from the start of the 2024/25 campaign.

    The report also claims clubs in European competition would either sit out or field Under-21 sides in the Carabao Cup – which looks set to avoid being canned completely.

    Clubs will also consider proposals to limit spending to a fixed percentage of their revenue, in line with UEFA’s new financial rules.

    While lower league clubs may miss out on the gate receipts created by Cup replays, there is a view they stand a better chance of progressing on penalties, rather than another 90 minutes.

    Rangers legend Ally McCoist would welcome the end of replays, but shares no sympathy for elite clubs being asked to compete in the Carabao Cup.

    Crawley Town recently showed the enduring power of an Cup upset

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    Crawley Town recently showed the enduring power of an Cup upset

    He told talkSPORT: “I actually quite like the idea of going straight ot penalties.

    “I totally understand the need to compensate the lower league teams.

    “I just think sometimes, replays can add to the calendar and the congestion can be difficult, particularly for teams that don’t have squads like Man City.

    “I think we’re in agreement that the teams at the bottom of the pyramid need to be looked after.

    “I don’t have a great deal of sympathy with City and Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, they have squads that should be able to compete on all levels.”

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