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Sound of Football Podcast 423 - The Charity Cup

This week sees the start of three football competitions - the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup and the Nations League - at least two of which, depending on your priorities, seem like an unnecessary burden on an already congested 2020/21 fixture calendar. With international squads being drawn from a number of clubs over a number of borders, is there any justification for the Nations League to be played in the current environment?

At the other end of the game, Isthmian League fan-owned club Lewes FC have lobbied the FA to take the 45% of the FA Cup prize fund that goes to the semi-finalists and redistribute it amongst teams at the bottom of the football pyramid, that will be much harder hit by the pandemic. Can the FA Cup become a solidarity competition where big clubs can help out the little guys?

For more information on the podcast and links related to the subjects discussed, check out the Show Notes on our blog.


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