Football

Department for Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered am ar 23 Mai 2024.

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Photo of Ian Byrne Ian Byrne Llafur, Liverpool, West Derby

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has had recent discussions with the Football Association (FA) on consultation with the English Football League on FA Cup replays.

Photo of Ian Byrne Ian Byrne Llafur, Liverpool, West Derby

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will have discussions with the Football Association (FA) on the potential impact of ending FA Cup replays on non-Premier League teams.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Equalities)

David and Goliath fixtures are part of the magic of the FA Cup. They are also important for the finances of smaller clubs. While this is ultimately a matter for the football authorities, we expect the FA and Premier League to consult with the English Football League and other leagues further down the pyramid on moves such as this and reach agreements collectively.

It is now incumbent on the FA and Premier League to publicly explain this decision and what further support they can provide to affected clubs.

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