Club Statement on Changes to FA Cup Replays

Oxford United Football Club were concerned to learn of Thursday’s decision by The FA to scrap FA Cup replays.

Due to Friday night’s home game against Stevenage, the club would now wish to provide an update and give the subject the attention it deserves.

Prior to the release of the statement, clubs in the EFL, including Oxford United, were not consulted, with no explanation given throughout this process.

We are alarmed by a lack of meaningful engagement by The FA in making this decision and call on the association to undertake fair consultation on this and future issues which directly impact its members.

We also call on The FA to open a sensible consultation process to allow for a fair discussion on a greater share of finances and revenues for clubs within the EFL and beyond.

We firmly stand with other clubs in the EFL and we would like to call on The FA to reconsider and review its current consultation process in coming to this decision, where we bring all stakeholders to the table in the interest of sporting integrity.

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