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FA Cup Semi-Finals should not be played at Wembley Watch

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    It sounds a cliche but holdings the FA Cup semi-finals should never take place at Wembley. Aside from taking away the prestige of reaching the Final, it obviously makes it easier to get to Wembley in the first place. Playing in one of the greatest stadiums ever should be made a rarity, and, with many England internationals getting the chance anyway, opening it up to FA Cup semi-finalist completely defeats many clubs' objective to getting to the FA Cup Final.
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    Agreed, should be at Old Trafford/Villa Park like it used to.
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    The main reason the cup's lost it's prestige in my opinion is the FA holding the final while the league is still being played. It should be held the weekend after the league finishes, not straight before the Super Sunday game on Sky.
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    As long as Wembley needs paying for, the semi-finals won't be returning to neutral venues, sadly. Teams from the lower leagues, unlike the old days, now target reaching the semis as they'll still pick up good money from reaching that stage just as if they were in the final.
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    True, they should also scrap replays
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    (Original post by a_t)
    True, they should also scrap replays
    No, they shouldn't - replays are part of the cup tradition.

    Only final at Wembley - semi-finals at a neutral venue.
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    Villa Park should definitely be a venue for the semis.
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    (Original post by Harry Callahan)
    No, they shouldn't - replays are part of the cup tradition.

    Only final at Wembley - semi-finals at a neutral venue.
    We're better off without some traditions
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    (Original post by Harry Callahan)
    No, they shouldn't - replays are part of the cup tradition.

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    Ten of today's ties will be replayed, and it's only the 3rd round FFS.

    Can't see QPR taking it as serious when they're playing a 3rd round replay sandwiched between two league games whilst in a relegation scrap.
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    (Original post by a_t)
    We're better off without some traditions
    Cup replays isn't one of them.
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    (Original post by ScunnyLadAdz)
    The main reason the cup's lost it's prestige in my opinion is the FA holding the final while the league is still being played. It should be held the weekend after the league finishes, not straight before the Super Sunday game on Sky.
    I'm in agreement with this, I don't even watch the FA Cup anymore, i'll watch the Capital One Cup to see the youngsters coming up, I watch the EPL and UCL because they are actually entertaining. The FA Cup is, the vast majority of the time, dreary poorly contested games. I don't think replays help either, it's not as if now the big clubs are donating the ticket revenues to the non league teams that earn a replay anymore so the only good function seems to have been lost.
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    (Original post by highestmountain)
    It sounds a cliche but holdings the FA Cup semi-finals should never take place at Wembley. Aside from taking away the prestige of reaching the Final, it obviously makes it easier to get to Wembley in the first place. Playing in one of the greatest stadiums ever should be made a rarity, and, with many England internationals getting the chance anyway, opening it up to FA Cup semi-finalist completely defeats many clubs' objective to getting to the FA Cup Final.
    In that case, Wembley will just become a white elephant that's 10 times a year for footballing reason. Would rather it be used as much as possible so we can see more of it.

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    As long as Wembley needs paying for, the semi-finals won't be returning to neutral venues, sadly. Teams from the lower leagues, unlike the old days, now target reaching the semis as they'll still pick up good money from reaching that stage just as if they were in the final.
    Not really. Even if it isn't played at Wembley, the lower league teams still stand to make a lot as it will be their biggest pay day wherever it is played.
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    Agree completely, it seems really daft to play the semis at Wembley and does take more shine off the final. Personally always thought if the FA want to maximise profit and attendance for the semis a good option would be to play them at the Millennium Stadium. Offers a prestigious day out for fans and players but still saves Wembley for the final.
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    They'd have to rent the Millennium Stadium as it doesn't belong to the FA so it cuts their profits.
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    Totally agreed. 20 years ago the Cup would be the highlight of everyone's year. Now it takes less priority than even finishing fourth, because there's little money involved. Two games on ITV are nothing compared to the money generated by a whole season in the Champions League. The final is played before the end of the season which is total bull.

    The semis should be played at neutral venues to be decided ad hoc (ie no point of Liverpool v Everton at the Emirates if they can play it at Old Trafford), they should KO at 3pm on Saturday where possible and allowed to be broadcast on TV. The very idea let alone the reality of the semis being played at Wembley is corporate nonsense and frankly insulting to the traditions of the cup.
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    I hate the fact Wembley is used for the semi-finals, it kind of defeats the object almost.
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    So we should rarely use the £700mil stadium that was built?

    **** that - should be used as much as possible in order to make good use of that otherwise waste of money!
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    (Original post by Zerforax)
    So we should rarely use the £700mil stadium that was built?

    **** that - should be used as much as possible in order to make good use of that otherwise waste of money!
    There are enough pointless friendlies played there that have the crowd going in Mexican waves ffs, what with that, the concerts and American football, that should be enough for them.
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    yeah and also the carling cup (aka mickey mouse cup) final should not be played at wembley as well

    actually come to think of it, why is it that the lower league's play-off finals get held at wembley, why should these crap teams get the privilege of playing on the greatest stadium in the world? **** that ****!
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    only finals should be played their no matter what cup it is not semis
 
 
 
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