Noel Whelan claimed that Man City and other top Premier League sides could be forced to part with a higher percentage of FA Cup revenue as they prepare to scrap replays of the competition.
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Initiated in football, insisted the FA Cup will always be a ‘magical’ trophy even without the prospect of replays.
According to The Times (September 19), Premier League clubs are backing proposals that would see significant changes introduced to the FA and League Cup formats.
The plans would see FA Cup replays scrapped and give clubs competing in Europe the option of not taking part in the League Cup.
In line with FA competition rules, gate receipts are currently split evenly across all matches ahead of the FA Cup semi-final.
The only exception to this rule is if a Premier League or EFL team plays a club outside the top four leagues – that team then receiving 55% of all revenue.
Whelan insisted smaller teams inside and outside the EFL would accept an increased percentage to soften the blow of losing a potential replay to England’s biggest sides.
He said Football Insiderby Ewan Kingsbury: “The FA Cup will remain a magic cup with or without replays.
“It’s not the end of the world if there’s only one penalty shootout.
“If you give the smaller clubs a much larger percentage of gate receipts, that would cushion the blow.
“They will accept this. It’s income they wouldn’t have gotten if they went back to a smaller lot.
“For some of the smaller teams it’s more about revenue than making it to the next round.
“If you give them that water softener, whether it’s 50,000 at Liverpool or 50,000 at Man City, they would take it.”
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