The FA has gone on to ignore calls by English managers such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola to restructure the festive season matches in such a way as to give players a much-needed break due to the number of injuries sustained by clubs over that period.
According to the Mirror, the FA are not willing to scrap replays as they believe clubs outside the Premier League need these games to raise more revenue through ticket sales.
The question though is what about the clubs that are involved int he Premier League???
With matches being played within a space of 48 hours at times it is no surprise that clubs are 74 players were injured during the 21st January 2019 and 2 January 2020.
Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and other major clubs are all without key players who’s injuries either happened or were attributed to games played over the festive season.
Pep Guardiola went on to say the following when asked about his thoughts on the FA Cup festive fixtures:
“Eliminate competitions, take out this competition,”
“So less games, less competitions, less teams, more quality, less quantity. People can live without football for a while. It’s too much.”
“Start the season later after the summer. We have one game a week for a long time and then, after, we start having two or three in one week. In February it is one week [playing], one week [playing], two weeks off. We have two games in two weeks then, after, we have 72 games in one week. It’s a little bit strange.”
Big names such as Harry Kane and Marcus Rashford will be out for quite some time leaving their clubs scampering around to find replacements for their star players.
Jurgen Klopp went on to condemn the organizers saying:
“It’s absolutely not OK,”
“And we still have it. None of the managers have a problem with matches on Boxing Day, but playing the 26th and 28th is a crime.”
As it stands, the situation will only get worse by 2024 as the Champions League and Club World Cup both looking to restructure and add more fixtures to their schedules.