Ferguson challenges Cup rules

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Sir Alex Ferguson is to investigate the FA Cup rule allowing clubs to avoid a possible FA Cup replay.

FA confirm the rule that allows clubs to avoid a possible replay

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has challenged the Football Association after discovering a rule allowing clubs to avoid a possible FA Cup replay. The FA have confirmed the rule which permits clubs to play extra time straight away in the event of a draw after 90 minutes. Ferguson immediately tried to invoke the rule for their FA Cup tie with Tottenham on Saturday but was unsuccessful because both clubs have to inform the FA within seven days of being drawn against each other. The United boss insists the club will investigate the rule despite admitting he will come under criticism.


"It is in the articles of the Association that both teams can apply to have the first game decided first time," Ferguson told The Sun. "The criticism would be we are not adhering to the principles and spirit of the FA Cup. "But why have the FA got it in there? It is their problem. We will investigate it." The FA could also face legal action from TV companies who have paid substantial amounts of money to screen Cup matches. An FA spokesman added: "This rule is aimed at the preliminary rounds to help teams with geographical distances."

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