By Noel Whelan

4th Oct, 2022 | 7:29am

Man City could be forced into 'big' payout after controversial new talks update - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Man City and other big Premier League sides could be forced to part with a bigger percentage of FA Cup revenue as they prepare to axe replays in the competition.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the FA Cup will still be a “magical” trophy even without the prospect of replays.

According to The Times (19 September), Premier League clubs are backing proposals that would see significant changes introduced to the formats of the FA and League Cups.

The plans would see FA Cup replays scrapped and would give clubs competing in Europe the option to opt-out of competing in the League Cup.

As per the FA’s competition rules, gate receipts are currently split evenly in all matches prior to the semi-final of the FA Cup.

The only exception to that rule is if a Premier League or EFL side take on a club outside the top four leagues – with that side then receiving 55% of any takings.

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Whelan insisted smaller sides in and outside the EFL would accept an increased percentage to soften the blow of losing a potential replay against England’s biggest sides.

He told Football Insider’s Ewan Kingsbury: “The FA Cup will still be a magical cup with or without replays.

“It’s not the end of the world if it just goes to a penalty shoot-out.

“If you give the smaller clubs a much bigger percentage of the gate receipts, that would cushion the blow.

“They’ll accept that. That’s revenue they wouldn’t have got if they went back to a smaller ground.

“For some of the smallest sides, it’s about the revenue more than it is about getting through to the next round.

“If you give them that softener, whether it’s 50,000 at Liverpool or 50,000 at Man City – they’d take that.”

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