Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher suggests remaining FA Cup games be held after completion of Premier League

The final three rounds of the FA Cup could be played after the Premier League season is wrapped up, with the remaining seven matches staged over eight days, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said.

Reuters May 22, 2020 15:38:26 IST
Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher suggests remaining FA Cup games be held after completion of Premier League

The final three rounds of the FA Cup could be played after the Premier League season is wrapped up, with the remaining seven matches staged over eight days, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said.

Eight Premier League teams have made it to the quarter-finals, which were scheduled to be played on 21-22 March before the season was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ExLiverpool defender Jamie Carragher suggests remaining FA Cup games be held after completion of Premier League

File image of Jamie Carragher. Reuters

“I would love to see this season’s FA Cup rescheduled to resemble the final stages of a World Cup, all the remaining games played after the conclusion of the Premier League,” Carragher wrote in his column in The Telegraph.

“Quarter-finals could be played on the Friday and Saturday after the last Premier League weekend. Midweek semi-finals could then be immediately followed by the final, the competition concluded in eight days.”

Carragher said he was not convinced clubs would agree to play FA Cup games between league matches when the season resumes due to the financial implications of another stoppage.

“The Premier League must finish and to start the competition in the midst of a health scare, only to stop it again, would be a nightmare for everyone,” Carragher added.

“It is preferable to prioritise the Premier League games and ensure they are completed as quickly as possible.”

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