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Blues Could Return to Cup Action Later This Month
Tuesday, 11th Aug 2020 08:57

League One teams could be back in competitive action later this month, according to Blackpool manager Neil Critchley.

The League One fixture programme is due to start behind closed doors on Saturday 12th September but Critchley says the first round of the Carabao Cup is set to be staged the previous weekend.

However, as that’s an international week, ties involving Championship sides could be moved back to Saturday 29th August, just 18 days' time. That date had been under consideration for the start of the league campaign before clubs voted to get under way two weeks later.

“We were due to play a [league] game this month on August 29th but if you draw a Championship club in the Carabao Cup then they will play it on that date because it’s before the international break,” he told the Blackpool Gazette.

“You just have to be ready to adapt all the time, but we’ve got our plans in place and we’ve got our games pencilled in.”

No date has yet been set for the Carabao Cup or Leasing.com Trophy draws, while it’s reported that the EFL will release its league fixtures in the week commencing Monday 17th August, although this is yet to be confirmed.

The regular season will end over the weekend of May 8th and 9th with the play-off finals played over the Spring Bank Holiday at the end of May.

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Radlett_blue added 09:34 - Aug 11
Don't get me started on the stupidity of having an "international break" to play pointless friendly matches, which will involve large groups making unnecessary international travel at a time when the fixture list is being crammed into a shorter time period.

wewerefamous added 10:02 - Aug 11
Radlett blue - totally agree, stupidly at its best from the FA to even consider international fixtures at this moment in time!

spanishblue added 10:25 - Aug 11
Money talks, it’s obvious that’s all those bigwigs think about is a freeby bunce trip somewhere night in a swanky hotel,and look at me I’m ultra important

algarvefan added 10:32 - Aug 11
Do we really need 2 pointless cup competitions this season with all the restrictions in place. Just asking, what do you think?

fredbarber added 10:41 - Aug 11
Wouldn’t blame the fa for the international break. UEFA are determined to play the Nations League as it was planned. I think they are looking at playing these games at neutral venues in one or more countries a bit like what we are seeing in the champions league and Europa.

This as always boils down to income UEFA have sold right to nations league and have probably banked the money rather than playing back Sky who have paid for the rights they want the games to be played and if these were friendlies these would easily be cancelled

rfretwell added 10:49 - Aug 11
The Town need to withdraw from all cup competitions due to being "hupless". End of.

Wickets added 11:05 - Aug 11
Yer great idea lets wave the white flag !

Michael101 added 11:24 - Aug 11
If they are talking about these mucky mouse games then the elf better get there fingers out and start sorting the season's fixture list first.

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