Plan to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays is brought forward to this season

• FA makes move to reduce fixture congestion for top six sides
• Fifth-round games will move to midweek from 2019-20 season

Plans to scrap FA Cup fifth-round replays have been brought forward to include this season, the Football Association has announced.

The decision had previously been made to get rid of fifth-round replays from the start of next season, deciding last-16 ties with extra time and penalties in order to create space in the calendar for a winter break from February 2020 onward.

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via Football | The Guardian

The Fiver | Continuing a festive tradition of Christmastime bootings

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“They say I’m in danger, but I don’t think so,” said José Mourinho in September. “If they got rid of me, do you have any idea how much money they would have to give me?” Something between £15m and £24m, according to the wild guesswork masquerading as news since United called Mourinho’s bluff on Tuesday morning and finally gave their miserable manager the heave-ho. The peevish Portuguese will now get to spend the next few weeks in his counting-house assessing the size of his bank balance, very much like the Dickensian character he has come to resemble, screeching “Bah!” and “Humbug!” at anyone with the temerity to wish him a merry Christmas.

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via Football | The Guardian