UEFA president tells England to scrap the League Cup

# 10:18
7 March 2020

England should scrap its League Cup to avoid a packed fixture list, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said, Apa Sport reports.

Teams compete for the FA Cup and the League Cup every season but the latter's scheduling is under fire, with two-leg semi-finals adding to the calendar.

Liverpool were forced to play their Under-23 team in this season's quarter-finals as the seniors had to fly to Qatar for the Club World Cup.

Manager Juergen Klopp had appealed for football authorities to rethink the scheduling of their big events.

Ceferin said that the League Cup is off in France already. Only England remains.

'I think that everybody knows that it would be better for everyone if that were not played any more.'

The French professional football league decided in September the League Cup would not be held from next season.

It came after they failed to secure a broadcaster for the 2020-2024 period while Germany, Spain and Italy only have one cup competition.

Ceferin added: 'But the problem is that, through that cup, you finance a lot of clubs that are quite disadvantaged.

'So I understand the problem. The English are also quite traditionalist, you like things that have been there for ages.'

His comments have added to complaints from managers over the congested fixture schedule.