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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Feb 18, 2007

Queiroz calls for extra-time in FA Cup replays

Manchester United assistant boss Carlos Queiroz has called for extra-time to be played in all drawn FA Cup ties.

On a weekend when both United and Arsenal have found themselves forced to cram in an additional fixture in an already congested programme after stalemates with Reading and Blackburn respectively, Gunners chief Arsene Wenger called for replays to be scrapped altogether.

While Sir Alex Ferguson can see Wenger's point, he does not think such a move would be possible because every club except those with European commitments is happy to continue with the present situation.

But, given extra-time is played if the scores are level after 90 minutes in replays, Queiroz does not see why the same situation should not apply in the first game as well.

'It is part of the rules to have replays but I think there should be extra-time in the first match,' he said.

'Why do we have to finish after 90 minutes in the first game when the second one goes to extra time?

'You cannot change the rules once the competition has started but maybe it is something that could be looked at.'

Reading manager Steve Coppell insists he is 'not bothered' what rules are brought in and would have happily played an extra half hour at Old Trafford last night, even though it would have reduced his side's chances of taking the tie back to the Madejski Stadium.

However, he does feel the big clubs have little to complain about given the relative size of their squads.

'Big teams don't want an extra game in the calendar because as the season draws to an end, their priority has to be Europe and winning the Premiership,' he said.

'I can see their point of view because an extra fixture makes demands of the squad.

'But the big four teams have such massive squads they loan a lot of players out. Maybe in future they shouldn't loan so many players out.'

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