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Oxford United blast FA over changes to FA Cup

Oxford United and their supporters have publicly blasted the FA for the recent changes made to the FA Cup, which will have a series of negative consequences for clubs in the lower divisions of the football pyramid.

The main concern has generally been the scrapping of replays, which sides such as Oxford often rely on as an extra revenue of income to help sustain the club.

Oxford United fans: ‘RIP' to the FA Cup

Oxford United join with fans to blast FA over FA Cup changes
During their recent match with Stevenage, Oxford United fans displayed a banner reading “FA Cup – RIP”. Photo by Icon Sport

Oxford United fans voice their opinions

The Yellow Army were the first members associated with the club to voice their concerns with the new structure of the competition, brandishing banners that read “FA Cup – RIP” during their side's 1-1 draw with Stevenage on Friday, April 19.

Many fans, even those of rival clubs, were in support of the message, with one supporter taking to X, formerly Twitter, to say: “Well played Oxford fans.”

Questions had been asked as to whether the club would also release an official statement lambasting the FA on behalf of their fans, and they did not disappoint.

‘No explanation given': Oxford United club statement

The U's took to their official club website to blast the FA in a statement that read: “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.”


Harry Dowsett

Freelance football writer with experience writing for multiple digital platforms, such as GIVEMESPORT. Recently graduated from Portsmouth University with a media studies degree - completing a dissertation on the evolution of sports journalism in the process. He has a love for Arsenal Football Club and a passion for football as a whole.

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