Expert: 'Exposed' Man City could now be forced into compensation payout
Man City will be prepared to pay compensation to scrap FA Cup replays and limit their players’ “exposure” to extra minutes.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Third and fourth-round FA Cup clashes currently go to a replay if they end in a draw, although replays have been paused in recent seasons because of fixture congestion caused by the pandemic.
Many Premier League sides have argued that this method of deciding a tie should be scrapped altogether.
But the Daily Mail reported on Saturday (17 September) that the FA and EFL will demand compensation from the Premier League if this is to happen.
Dinnery admitted that he can understand why the likes of City would want replays to be abandoned.
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“I can 100 per cent understand why they would want this,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.
“Undoubtedly, the domestic trophies are on the lower end of the scale in terms of City’s wishlist. You could argue that even the Premier League doesn’t quite have the same appeal as the Champions League.
“Anything they can do to ensure that players stay fit, healthy and able to perform optimally, they will welcome that.
“There are opportunities to involve the full strength and breadth of the City squad, including the development players, in the FA Cup.
“But given the fact we are already in a condensed season because of the winter World Cup, you need to take any chance you can to ease the burden and exposure of these players.
“A large section of their players are expected to go deep into the latter rounds of the World Cup. It remains to be seen how they are impacted.“