The Premier League are ‘pulling out all the stops’ to rescue this season’s FA Cup, with the competition facing the prospect of being cancelled for the first time in peacetime since its inception.
The world’s oldest club competition is facing the possibility of being abandoned amid the current suspension of football in England due to the coronavirus pandemic, with a return for the Premier League having taken priority in recent discussions between authorities.
Premier League clubs have now returned to training in small groups ahead of a potential return behind-closed-doors next month, the focus on England’s top tier largely driven by the financial implications of cancelling the remainder of the campaign.
According to the Telegraph, however, it is understood that top-flight sides will give their backing to concluding this season’s FA Cup, the competition having been paused at the quarter-final stage.
The biggest obstacle to resuming the FA Cup is finding space in an already congested football calendar, however, with 92 Premier League fixtures remaining to complete the league season – ahead of hopes to start the 2020/21 campaign on August 22.
Further complications may come in the form of the Champions League and Europa League – with Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United all still involved in Europe – though English football’s authorities are still determined to salvage the FA Cup to ‘maintain the prestige of the competition’.