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The FA respond to fan complaints of weakened team v Leicester in FA Cup

7 years ago

One of our regular visitors to The Mag has challenged The FA to take Newcastle United to task for playing a weakened team in third round of the FA Cup against Leicester.

John Carver having stated he would be playing as strong a team as possible before then making seven changes to his team, an amazing turnout of 4,300+ travelling United fans making their feelings known to Carver at the end of the match.

Our correspondent wrote to The FA and below we publish what he sent and the response back from the governing body.

Subject: The FA Cup

I emailed this time last year (after 3rd round defeat to Cardiff) re Newcastle United’s poor team selection and lack of effort, plus publicly coming out twice and informing the official fans forum that the club do not take the FA Cup seriously.

You highlighted (in your reply last season) it was a squad game but took every query very seriously and are monitoring it.

Well, after promising the fans they would put a strong team out, they backtracked and didn’t actually do this v Leicester in front of 4400 (travelling) Newcastle fans.

How long are you, the FA Cup committee, going to allow this to go on after several years of it and can you officially consider a warning or write to the club for clarification, this has gone on too far.  



….and the reply from The FA;

Dear ??????

Thank you for contacting the Football Association.

The FA are satisfied that Newcastle did field a team at their full available strength for the fixture in question.

We do appreciate all of the feedback we receive from supporters. This feedback is collated and used to build a picture of public opinion and is subsequently fed back internally within the organisation. Please rest assured your comments will form part of this feedback process.

Kind regards

Simon Bower | Customer Relations

The Football Association

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, HA9 0WS

Postal address: Wembley Stadium, PO Box 1966, London, SW1P 9EQ

T 0800 169 1863 (option 3)| F 0844 980 0666

[email protected] | 

We published an excellent article on Saturday comparing Alan Pardew’s Palace Cup team selection to what had happened at Newcastle in recent years. In last three years Newcastle United have made five, seven and seven changes to their team for the FA Cup third round, read that article HERE.


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