CAST is very disappointed in the news announced today that FA Cup replays will no longer take place from the first round onwards.

At present the FA Cup has no replays from the fifth round onwards, but the FA says the move to eliminate them from an earlier stage has been made “in light of changes to the calendar driven by the expanded Uefa competitions”.

Quite how the “expanded UEFA competitions” are relevant to clubs like Cray Valley Paper Mills or Charlton Athletic is not explained.

We have approached the club for its comments.

The EFL have issued the following statement:

“Ahead of the deal being announced there was no agreement with the EFL nor was there any formal consultation with EFL Clubs as members

The Football Supporters Association made the following statement:

 

“It’s evident that today’s FA Cup announcement did not go well with many fans throughout the country. Supporters are concerned that the modifications to the FA Cup may erode what makes the competition so popular – its history, heritage, and tradition.

 

“While we recognise that the footballing calendar is under unprecedented strain as a result of the growing number of FIFA and UEFA competitions, recent surveys of both our members and the National Council revealed serious concerns about the loss of replays and the impact this could have on the competition’s magical quality.

 

“The FA Cup is the world’s oldest domestic cup tournament, an asset of national significance, and we

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